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BIBLE MONITOR 



VOL. LXXV 



JANUARY 1, 1997 



NO. 1 



"For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



OUR WATCHWORD: Go into all 
the world and preach the gospel. 



OUR AIM: Be it our aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 



THE PRICELESS PEARL 



I searched the world for goodly pearls, 
A merchantman was I, 
But none I found of lustre pure, 
Enough to satisfy. 

Tis fairer than the fairest gem, 
My pearl of beauty rare, 
No other gem in all the earth, 
Can with my pearl compare. 

How wonderful it seems to me, 
That I this pearl should find, 
While many to it's priceless worth, 
By sin are still made blind. 

No power on earth can take away, 
This priceless pearl from me, 
For treasured near my heart each day, 
My pearl shall ever be. 

-G. Grace Bell 



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GOOD INTENTIONS 

Do you remember the good intentions you had last New Years 
Day? You were going to visit, write or call the sick and elderly. You 
had the best of intentions, but what happened? Others have had 
good intentions before you. Their intentions did not always turn out 
the way they expected, either. 

Gideon was one of the great heroes of the Old Testament. He was 
used mightily by God to destroy the oppressors of the Children of 
Israel. When God called him to lead His army, although he felt 
himself to be the least of the least, he followed God's directions to 
achieve victory. He followed even when God told him to decrease the 
size of his army, so Israel would certainly know that their victory had 
been given by God. Surely three hundred could not have defeated 
over one hundred thousand, except God had been their deliverer. 

The people showed their appreciation of Gideon's leadership by 
offering him the opportunity to establish a dynastic kingship over 
them. Gideon refused. He wanted them to worship God not him. 

However, he did make one request of them. He requested that they 
give him a little token of their appreciation. He asked that they bring 
the earrings they had striped off the bodies of their enemies. The 
Midianites, according to their custom, had each worn an earring. (It 
seems there must be a lot of Midianites still around today.) He 
wanted to collect these earrings to make a golden pillar that would 
serve as a reminder of God's help and blessing. He wanted an object 
he could look at and recall the stirring victory God had given his little 
band. He did not desire to set up an idol to worship in the place of 

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God. 

Unfortunately, although his intentions were good, the end was not 
as he had hoped. The ephod of gold that he made from the melted- 
down earrings and set up at Ophrah became an object of worship for 
the people. What he had designed as a reminder of God's help, 
became an idol. It was a snare unto the people. 

Like Gideon, many people have good intentions that lead to 
unexpected outcomes. They had hoped to accompJish something 
good, but it did not turn out that way. Many laws are enacted by 
legislatures or Congress that have a good intention underlying them, 
but either through deficiency in drafting or in enforcement, many turn 
out to hinder the original intention. Good intentions often lead to 
legislation that tries to enforce morality. As wonderful as it would be 
for all to behave in a moral way, it is futile to expect the unconverted 
to live that way without force. In their social activities, people often 
have good intentions of helping others, but, in the end, they may 
cause harm or distrust. 

Unfortunately, there have been too many examples throughout 
Church history of those who, though moved by good intentions, have 
caused great harm to the Church. They did not set out intentionally to 
bring about that result. They thought they could make things a little 
more convenient or a little easier. They thought they could make the 
Church more attractive to those who needed its message. Their 
changes were not extreme or large at any one time, but each small 
change upon another added up to some drastic changes over a 
period of time. 

When trying to make the Church more attractive to those not 
familiar with Conservative Christianity, there is often a move to 
remove some of the peculiar, distinctive features that might not be 
understood. In eliminating these distinctives, there may a temporary 
gain in membership, but Spirituality declines. When the distinctives 
are discontinued, those who do unite with the Church often chafe at 
the limitations still in place. Either there is a further doing away with 
restrictions or they leave the Church for a less distinctive group. The 
good intentions were that entrance into the Church would be made 
easier. After new members were included it was thought that they 
would desire to pursue more conservative ways. Having not counted 
the cost at the beginning they were not willing pay any further price 
later on. 

Men should be praised for their good intentions, but they should, at 
the same time, be cautioned to seek counsel from those more 
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may be very obviously flawed in the view of one who has seen many 
good intentions come to ruin. It is no shame to think of ways that may 
bring the desired changes, but it is a sin to try to bring them about 
without the united counsel and encouragement of the Church. 

As this new year begins, it is a good time to take counsel of our 
good intentions. Keep thinking of the good that can be accomplished 
in sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ throughout this new year. 

M.C.Cook 

FOURTH AFRICAN MISSION TRIP 

As we are waiting in Gatwick Airport at London, England, we will 
share our daily activities while in Uganda and Kenya. Layovers in 
airports always seem to be the most tiresome part of traveling. This 
one is six hours. 

We left home on November 17 and met Bro. Rudy Shaffer at the 
Newark, New Jersey airport for departure at 7:30 p.m. Bro. and Sis. 
Nelson Myers, Sis. Margaret Burkholder, and Bro. Rudy's family were 
there to see us off. 

We arrived at London at 7:35 a.m. Since our lay over was more 
than twelve hours, we had to claim our luggage and recheck it later 
that evening. We had four carts of luggage to push through the 
terminal, going from the south terminal to the north terminal to catch 
our British Airways flight to Entebbe. We felt we were driving trucks 
with all fifteen pieces of heavy luggage, including our carry-on bags. 
We found that our excess luggage was quite expensive. We boarded 
a train to Victoria Square where we visited Buckingham Palace and 
watched the changing of the guards. We also visited Westminster 
Abbey. 

Our flight left at 10:25 p.m., arriving at Entebbe at 12:45 p.m. 
Tuesday. Two vehicles took us and our luggage to Bro. Godfrey and 
Sis. Gorret's home where we spent most of our stay while in Uganda. 

Wednesday we visited Bro. Peter Kisembo's home, went to the 
bank for money exchange, and took care of a few other necessary 
things. In the evening we visited with several other Brethren, 
discussing scripture and answering questions. 

Thursday, we went to Kakumiro to visit the church there. We held 
services outside with approximately seventy-five men, women and 
children sitting on the ground. After services we distributed clothing 
to the people. They were anxious and very thankful to receive them. 
We visited eight or ten homes and were presented with gifts of 
chicken, potatoes and sugar cane. These people have practically 



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nothing but they have gardens and enough to eat. Their hospitality 
and generosity reminded us of the woman who cast her two mites into 
the treasury. 

Saturday we returned to Kampala and met with the board members 
to discuss various issues. We also met with those who were to be 
baptized for instruction. 

Sunday morning services were held at the Kampala church. 
Seventy percent of those in attendance were children. After services 
we met at Bro. Godfrey's home to distribute clothing and gifts to the 
sponsored children. We then found our way to Lake Victoria where 
five members were baptized. 

Monday we went to visit St. Barnabas School to meet more of the 
sponsored school children and to distribute gifts to them. We visited 
some homes in the desolate slum area where some of the children 
live, and took care of some other necessary business. After returning 
to Bro. Godfrey's home, we began making necessary preparations for 
our early start for Kenya. 

We arrived at the border at 8:30 a.m. where we were met by Bro. 
Andrew Ochenio and three other brethren with a station wagon. After 
changing our money into Kenya shillings, we started our long five 
hour drive to Kapenguria, stopping at a home for a short visit. 

All day Wednesday and Thursday morning were spent teaching and 
instructing on biblical principles and doctrine of the church. The 
people requested that we explain more fully what the church stood 
for. We were impressed by their receptiveness and eagerness to 
learn. Approximately one hundred twenty or more were in 
attendance. 

Thursday afternoon as we met for instructions for applicants for 
baptism, I asked if there were any polygamists who were in the group 
to be baptized. One elderly man raised his hand in confession. We 
explained to the people that we could not baptize anyone living in this 
condition. Bro. Andrew stated that we cannot compromise as we 
must keep the church clean. He announced that they must meet with 
the Elders after dismissal. 

We met with the man and his second wife with whom he was living 
and explained to them that this is not according to the scriptures. 
Tears were shed by all as we felt the pain they were going through. 
She confessed and said, "I must be baptized, I want to be saved, I 
want to go to heaven, I will do anything that you say." They both 
vowed to separate. He would go back and live with his first wife only. 
Pray for this couple as they have committed their lives to the Lord. As 
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were baptized. It was a glorious sight to see the long line waiting for 
baptism. We met again for farewell services in the evening. 

Friday morning we started our long journey to Nairobi. We stopped 
at Nyamongi to visit the Opile family. The roads were very bad. We 
had three flat tires within about a thirty mile distance. We arrived at 
Nairobi about 3:00 a.m. Joseph and Joyce Ogutu welcomed us into 
their home, where we were shown very friendly hospitality. 

Saturday we went to the St. John Everlasting Gospel Church for 
services. Joseph Ogutu is the Pastor and founder of this church. We 
were pleased to find that their belief was similar to ours as the sisters' 
heads were covered. They also practice feet washing. 

Sunday morning we met for services. After services, we visited 
James and Anastachia Nyugi's home, then on to Bro. Andrew's home 
where we met with the board members to discuss church issues. 
After supper we went to the airport for our departure for home. 

Now, as we are flying 31 ,000 feet above the Atlantic Ocean to our 
destination of Newark, we reminisce over our fourth missionary 
journey. We are pondering many fond memories and trusting that the 
Lord will bless the work in Africa to His Honour and Glory. Let us all 
pray to this end that the church in Africa will continue to grow both in 
number and Spirit. 

Praise God! Home at last at 9:15 p.m. Monday evening, December 
2. We thank our Heavenly Father for His providential care over us 
throughout our journey and allowing us to return home safely. 

Brother and Sister Paul Stump 
Brother Rudy Shaffer 

GOD'S PURPOSE IN ADVERSITY 

There are many things that compete for our time and affections. 
Jesus tells us in Matt. 13:22 that the cares of this world choke out the 
Word. We are no longer able to hear His voice. 

While we are so busy with plans, goals, projects, and friendships, 
God is very lovingly trying to teach us His will for our lives. So, first of 
all, God must get our attention. As He brings problems and pressures 
into our lives that are too big for us to resolve, we have a choice to 
make. Will we cry out to Him for mercy and grace, seeking His 
purpose in it? Often we respond by attempts to conquer in our own 
strength, or we may become angry and bitter toward God and others. 

Adversity will become very destructive if we fail to see God in it. His 
ultimate purpose is to conform us to the image of Jesus Christ. When 
pressures continue, the invitation to "Come unto me, all ye that labor 
and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." Matt. 11:28, becomes 



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very attractive. 
What can we learn through adversity? 

We all need the assurance that God loves us. Tor whom the Lord 
loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth 
Heb. 12:6. 

It's a call to self-examination and repentance. "For if we would 
judge ourselves, we should not be judged. But when we are judged, 
we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with 
the world." I Cor. 11:31-21. "He that covereth his sins shall not 
prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy." 
Prov. 28:13. 

By it we are able to conquer pride. If we are experiencing a 
relationship where there is a lot of contention, it can be very 
distressing, but it also reveals pride. "Only by pride cometh 
contention: but with the well advised is wisdom." Prov. 13:10. The 
consequence of pride is destruction or loss. "Pride goeth before 
destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall." Prov. 16:18. When 
we have been shamed, God is able to humble us. "When pride 
cometh, then cometh shame: but with the lowly is wisdom." Prov. 
11:2. "...God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble." 
James 4:6b. Picture a scene in heaven where all the redeemed fall 
on their faces before the throne of God. (Rev. 4:10-11) 

Adversity reminds us of our weakness. We need to learn how to 
glory in our unchangeable infirmities to experience the power of Christ 
becoming a reality in our lives. Only as far as we recognize that our 
talents, abilities, and strength are totally inadequate, will that power 
be evident in our lives. See I Cor. 1 :25-31 and II Cor. 12:5-10. 

We learn to cry out to God. God's response to His children may be 
in direct correlation to the intensity with which they cry. Many of the 
Psalms teach us how to cry out to God. "The righteous cry, and the 
Lord heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles." Ps. 34:1 7. 
"Be merciful unto me, O Lord: for I cry unto thee daily." Ps. 86:3. 

Experiencing adversity tells us that we are involved in spiritual 
warfare. "Be sober, be vigilant, because your adversary the devil, as 
a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour." I Peter 
5:8. See Eph. 6:11-18. 

Our faith is tested. "But without faith it is impossible to please 
him..." Heb. 11:6a. "That the trial of your faith being much more 
precious than gold that perisheth though it be tried with fire..." I Peter 
1:7a. Suffering may come at the hands of those who despise God's 
principles, or because we have violated them ourselves. Either way, 
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We learn to hate evil. God may expose secret sins through the 
consequences we face. Even though we know that the pleasures of 
sin only last for a season, yet we are still fooled by Satan's 
allurements. When our lives bear the awful cost of sin, it stands as a 
warning to the simple. "Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for 
whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that 
soweth to the flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that 
soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting." Gal. 6:7-8. 
God has plans for us, but sin destroys our potential to achieve them. 
The lives of those we love are damaged. This should greatly increase 
our hatred of evil, but we somehow fail to see the final cost. "The fear 
of the Lord is to hate evil:..." Prov. 8:13. 

In conclusion, our response to the pressures that God brings into 
our lives should be not to trust in our own strength, but to rest on the 
finished work of Christ. "I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live, 
yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the 
flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loveth me, and gave 
himself for me." Gal. 2:20. 

Brother Rick St. John 
2578 Co. Rd. 20-2 
Archbold, OH 43502 

OUR AFFECTIONS 

"Set your affections on things above, not on things on the earth." 
Colossians 3:2. With this verse in mind, I have to ask myself the 
question, what are we setting our affections on? 

We must first look at the word affection, and understand its 
meaning. Affection — is a moderate feeling or emotion: tender 
attachment: fondness: a special liking toward someone or something. 

Now, within the rest of the verse, we must differentiate between 
things above, (or Heavenly things), and things on earth. 

Romans 12:10 reads "...be kindly affectioned one to another with 
brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;" We need to show 
kindness, affection, and love among brethren and sisters. 

We also need to show kindness and love to those who are 
unsaved, so we can win them to Christ. Be cautious when making 
friends with those outside the fold. We can soon find ourselves liking 
the same things they like, go where they go, do what they do. 

When we find something we like we will find time, take time, or 
make time to do it. At first, we may not notice we have a special 
fondness, or affection for this thing. As time goes on whatever we like 
will start taking a higher priority in our life. If this affection is spiritually 



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edifying we can grow and become more fruitful for Christ. We should 
have the desire to be in God's house as often as possible. We should 
desire to sing, pray, read the Bible, and fellowship with those of like 
precious faith. "Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; 
teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and 
spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. And 
whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord 
Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him." Colossians 3:16- 
17. 

If we set our affections on earthly things such as wealth, fame, 
fashion, or pleasure, just to name a few, we can also choose the 
wrong friends, wrong music, and wrong books. These things will 
hinder our spiritual growth. We will become self-centered, not seeing 
the needs of others whether it be spiritual or material. 

Let us look at our lives and ask ourselves the question, "What are 
we setting our affections on?" 

Brother Tim Siegrist 
1830 Meadow View Rd. 
Manheim, PA 17545-9457 

FROM THE BRETHREN HYMNAL 

Hymn #37 
THE PRECIOUS NAME.OF JESUS 
"...for there is none other name under heaven given among men, 
whereby we must be saved." Acts 4:12. 

There is a name I love to hear; 
I love to sing its worth; 
It sounds like music in mine ear, 
The sweetest name on earth. 
A modern gospel song says: "Jesus— there is something about that 
name." Some hymns endeavor to explain what it is about that name. 
It was a common name in Biblical times. In the Old Testament it was 
Joshua, which was a common name then. Among Spanish speaking 
people it is a common name. Yet, with all its generic properties, it is 
special, it is different. It means "Saviour". As our text so ably 
concludes, there is no other name under heaven by which we are 
saved. 

We hear that Name alot in our daily lives. It is mostly in a cursing 
manner by those who do not know Him. How sad not to know that 
Blessed One who gave His life for me. I wish I could tell it how I feel it 
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Jesus: sitting in heavenly places. If you allow Him, He will come to 
you, and sup with you and you with Him. I had the opportunity many 
years ago to tell a dying soul of Jesus' Love. Jesus is the way to 
heaven. In our daily lives we become immersed in houses and lands 
and lucre. When a man comes to die, and he knows it, do not speak 
to him of anything but Jesus. Not too long ago, a patient of mine was 
dying of a heart ailment. He was only thirty-five years old. Again I 
made opportunity to speak to this young man about the Lord. 

In the first case I believe the person heard the call and answered 
positively. The look of the blessed was upon his face. In the case of 
the young man with the bad heart we do not know. We saw only 
torment, yet we were not with him in his last moments and do not 
know if he took the opportunity to call on the Lord. 

Our desire is to tell others of the blessings of the Lord. They are 
inexhaustible. They are eternal. The hymn-writer so aptly stated: 
No saint on earth its worth can tell, 
No heart conceive how dear. 
We will have all of eternity to find out just how sweet the name of 
Jesus is. Now we only see through a glass darkly. Few have put into 
words the Goodness of Jesus. The author of this hymn did service to 
His Name. We may not be able to pen apt words like Frederick 
Whitfield, but perhaps our lives and our testimonies can speak for 
Him. Have you witnessed for Jesus recently? We trust so. May God 
give you grace to do so. May our lives boldly say, "Oh, How I Love 
Jesus!", not just in words, but in deed and in truth. 

Brother Lynn H. Miller 
RD2 Box 561 
Newmanstown, PA 17073 

JOY, PRAISE AND BLESSING 

Luke 24:51-53, "And it came to pass, while he blessed them, he 
was parted from them, and carried up into heaven. And they 
worshipped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy; And were 
continually in the temple, praising and blessing God. Amen." 

The disciples of Christ had just come through a time of great sorrow 
and soul searching. The Messiah whom they thought had come to 
set up His kingdom and overthrow the Roman rulers had been 
crucified and put in a grave. But now the risen Lord had appeared 
unto them and given them His blessing after which He ascended into 
Heaven. Just previous to this He had promised them that they would 
be endued with power from on high after a time of tarrying in the city 
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returned to Jerusalem with great joy while praising and blessing God. 
While the disciples showed worship to Jesus at various times during 
their earthly walk with Him, we believe that the worship they now had 
in their hearts was of a new and glorious intensity. Although the Holy 
Spirit had not yet come to lead them into all truth, we believe they 
finally realized, for sure, just who the Lord Jesus is. When the Holy 
Spirit came to dwell within them, He verified what they already 
acknowledged as Truth. 

As Christians we already have the Holy Spirit within us. We also 
have the Word of God to verify what we believe to be true. Yet, we 
too can go through times of sorrow and even soul searching. If we 
remain true these times of spiritual barrenness can lead us to times of 
joy, praise and blessings. 

Each of our worship services should include joy, praise and 
blessings. Many times in our house of worship there are only a few 
present. Nevertheless, it has been stated that it sounds like we have 
a church full. This is one good sign of joy being among us. Our joy 
should be in the Lord and our expression of it should glorify God. A 
lot of noise does not necessarily indicate a demonstration of joy in the 
Lord. Neither does a service void of joyful expression necessarily 
represent a people desiring to worship God in spirit and in truth. We 
do not believe in "pumping up emotion" but we do believe the Holy 
Spirit should be free to work in the heart and spirit of worshippers as 
He sees fit. We are persuaded that a "Hallelujah" or an "amen" is not 
out of order. 

Praise is closely associated with joy but indicates a deeper spiritual 
experience. We should praise God for all of our spiritual benefits. 
Like the disciples, we come to a realization that the cross of Christ, as 
terrible as the sight and sufferings were, was a time of victory and 
exaltation. We can praise God that it did not all end there. Three 
days later Jesus Christ arose victoriously from the grave. Even this 
was not the final act worthy of praise. For He then ascended to the 
Father to be our advocate. If this is not enough to bring praise from 
our mouth and soul, we can praise God that Jesus Christ will return to 
Earth someday to destroy all evil and to provide us with glorified 
bodies like His own. Mingled with all this glorious truth is the fact that 
Jesus Christ gives us the strength to meet each trial and temptation. 
Surely we can join with the four and twenty elders of the book of 
Revelation and say, Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and 
honor and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure 
they are and were created." 
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heard it spoken in a sermon or otherwise of us blessing God. It was 
of interest to us that the word "blessed" in verse 51 and the word 
"blessing" in verse 53 are both taken from the Greek word 
"EULOGEO" that can mean a "benediction" or "to speak well of. Our 
English word, "eulogy" comes from this word. It is possible that even 
as Christ pronounced a benediction on the disciples, they gave an 
"amen" to all of His teachings. We are not truly blessing God if our 
actions are contrary to our speech. Yet it is important that our speech 
be such that we are blessing God. It is much easier to "go with the 
flow" in our daily conversations than to leave a witness for our Lord. 

If you have never experienced the forgiveness of sin, repentance 
along with trine immersion baptism will bring joy, praise and blessing 
into your life. 

Brother James M. Hite 
816 E. Birch St. 
Palmyra, PA 17078-2704 

WHY? 

Many years ago, when I was acquiring my high school education by 
correspondence, the one question so often in my course, after a 
question I knew the answer to, would be another little one word 
question, WHY? I would know the answer to the question, but that 
little "why?" had to be answered too if I wanted a good grade, or 
maybe even a grade at all I might have to go back, when my lesson 
was returned, and finish the question "WHY?" 

Lately, in my daily Bible study I have been thinking along these 
lines, too. For instance, take God's ten commandments. They are 
very easily understood, every one of them. The average reader 
knows what they say. The Apostles say they are to bring us to a 
knowledge of sin. Please read I John 3:4, Rom. 3:20-31, 4:15. But 
the "WHY?" is left out unless we get down to the nitty gritty of it and 
thoroughly search the references to root and ground us in the 
knowledge God would want us to have. We would thereby be stable 
in rightly dividing the Word of Elohim our Creator who is above every 
god. Sometimes we think we know enough. Perhaps we would, if we 
would study it that way. So often we hurry over it with our doubts, 
plus others' doubts, suggestions and beliefs until we are carried out of 
the Gospel way. In the end we are not sure of right or wrong. 

People will say "I do not think it makes any difference", "It is 
mentioned only once in the Bible" or some such remark as "God looks 
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is in the heart before it is in the outward appearance. The Bible says 
"If any man love the world the love of the Father is not in him." When 
such remarks are made immediately the devil comes to the rescue to 
promote his own cause and destroy the person's clouded belief in the 
Bible and get him confused. It is very necessary to answer the 
"WHY?" in order to be rooted and grounded in the Gospel. 

God told the Israelite priests that when the Ark of the Covenant was 
to be moved, it was to be carried by the priests. When they 
disobeyed and put it on a cart, it nearly fell off. Uzziah put his hand 
on it to steady it. He fell dead. Disobedience meant death because 
he failed to realize the importance of the Holy Commandments 
contained inside the Ark. The strict commandment of God was 
disobeyed, because they did not think it was important. 

Christ said we cannot serve both God and mammon. Matt. 6:24, 
Luke 16:13. By living a pretense of being a Christian when covering 
our witness for our Master with a bushel to keep the world from 
seeing our plain and simple life and conduct is disobedience. Read 
Matt. 5:15, Mark 4:21, Luke 11:33. The time is short. If we are 
thoroughly converted we will love our Redeemer enough that His light 
will shine through us to a lost and dying world that needs a Saviour. 
Satan was thrown out of Heaven because he had a proud and lifted 
up heart. I sincerely doubt whether Christ will take Satan's proud 
followers back into Heaven, even though they have claimed to be 
Christ's followers. We should be founded in the Bible. We must 
study the "WHY'S?" in everything we are commanded to do or not to 
do. Our Creator tells us in Mai. 3:6 "I change not." When He gave 
the prophet messages for the people, when the time of fulfillment 
came, they were fulfilled to the letter. We need not think He will 
change in His final judgments of either the righteous resurrection 
following Armageddon or the wicked one thousand following the one 
thousand year reign of Christ on earth. Each will have a judgment of 
work and rewards, whether they be good or bad. 

When God says to do or do not in His word, we should obey His 
command because He said so. We had also better look up all 
references to find "WHY?" to become sure and steadfast and to 
secure the blessings for obedience, or the punishments for 
disobedience. Even in this life He blesses us for obeying, and 
oftentimes curses us for disobeying. 

Always study the Bible with a willing mind and an open heart. The 
small, soft voice of the Holy Spirit will guide our questioning minds 
into the way of truth. Then we will know "WHY?". Clasp the truth and 
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May God bless you with a clean heart and a right spirit that will lead 
you into all truth. The time is short. Do not forget daily Bible reading 
and prayer. Man's time of six thousand years is almost run out. Psa. 
1 15:16. We need to know "WHY?" or else be confused, and deceived 
and LOST. Christ wants our ALL. He expects us to put Him first in 
our lives in everything we do. We need to ask ourselves, Is this to the 
honor and glory of the One who suffered and died for me? 

May Elohim our Creator bless us all, that we might meet each other 
in the Glory world with our Redeemer, is my prayer. 

Sister Ruth M. Snyder 

SIXTY YEARS AGO 

January 1, 1937 

OBEDIENCE 

J. E. Bryant 

The relation that we sustain to God, is that of children or servants, 
either of which relation demands obedience. Thirty or forty years ago 
the doctrine of obedience was more generally taught than it now is. 
This statement is no compliment to the teacher of today, whose duty it 
is to "declare all the counsel of God." The system that discourages 
the teaching of obedience or negligence in that line encourages or 
produces a lack of reverence for the great Law-giver. 

There is not a sentiment of the Bible that justifies the belief that the 
command of God may be treated lightly, for it teaches that the 
disobedient are not only not blest but are punished for lack of respect 
to the word of God. God never gave a command to a people or an 
individual that did not require obedience to it. 

The writer to the Hebrews (Ch. 2:2-3) speaks very clearly on this. 

This "great salvation" has reference to the pardon of our sins and 
the obtaining of eternal life through obedience to the gospel. In 
teaching obedience it is essential that the concordant doctrine of both 
reward and punishment be taught with it. It is unquestionably the 
style of the teaching of the Christ and his apostles; when this style is 
evaded an irreverence for God, a disregard for His word will surely be 
the result and iniquity will more and more abound. When the doctrine 
of the Bible on the subject of obedience and disobedience, with its 
results was generally taught, a holier zeal, a greater reverence for 
God and respect for his word prevailed. 

Such teaching, alas, is too nearly a thing of the past. I fear that the 
Protestant pulpit is in a deplorable condition. Three or four decades 
ago a Catholic writer said on this subject, "It must be evident to 
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mere social clubs. There is no unity of doctrine; in fact doctrine is 
considered a badge of narrowness and illiberalism. Pulpit and pew 
are without any positive doctrine, nor do they feel the need of it The 
teaching of the ministry within the same sect differs widely Each has 
his own doctrine-plant, preaching his own opinions and ventilates his 
own views. Sensationalism and not doctrine dominates the 
Protestant pulpit. People go to church service to be entertained or 
amused. 

What observant man or woman can deny that these statements are 
true? I can remember when every protestant church with which I was 
acquainted had a distinct doctrine for which it was ready and willing to 
contend publicly and privately; but through the practice of 
disobedience and the lack of teaching obedience, the lines of 
demarcation began to fade away until today I see very little reason 
why the popular churches may not unite. God wants his people 
united, but there can never be a union effected that will please Him 
unless they unite on an unabridged gospel. 

Disobedience arising from the demands of our carnal natures is to 

blame for this condition. The teacher knowing the wishes of his 

parishioners, ecclesiastically and individually, has omitted and 

abridged until there is very little of the original left; and the cross 

which is so chaffing is being chipped until very little of its originality is 

eft. There seems to be an idea that heaven can be obtained with 

less self denial or "crucifying of the flesh." No need to be so 

particular? For every iota of the revealed will of God that is omitted in 

he teaching or disobeyed in the practice, our chances for heaven are 

lessened and the certainty of punishment is increased. Too much of 

the present day preaching is like the cowardly preacher who told his 

audience that "unless you repent after a manner you will perish to 

some extent." 

W° e *° the teacher who fear s his audience more than he fears God 
Wil the liberty sought be of eternal benefit to you? It is that you may 
make sure of heaven and your escape from hell more certain? Does 
the teaching of Holy Writ and experience of holy men justify a belief 
that a departure in any degree is helpful to a holy life? Jesus "will 
come in flaming fire taking vengeance on them who know not God 
and obey not the gospel." "Not every one that says Lord Lord shall 
enter the kingdom of heaven, but he that doeth the will of my Father 
who is in heaven." 



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VOL. LXXV 



JANUARY 15, 1997 



NO. 2 



"For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



OUR WATCHWORD: Go into all 
the world and preach the gospel. 



OUR AIM: Be it our aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 



GOD, IN THE GOSPEL OF HIS SON 

God in the Gospel of his Son, 
Makes his eternal counsels known; 
Tis here his richest mercy shines, 
And truth is drawn in fairest lines. 

Wisdom its dictates here imparls, 
To form our minds, to cheer our hearts, 
Its influence makes the sinner live; 
It bids the drooping saint revive. 

Our raging passions it controls, 
And comfort yields to contrite souls; 
It brings a better world in view, 
And guides us all our journey through. 



May this blest volume ever lie 
Close to my heart, and near my eye, 
Till life's last hour my soul engage, 
And be my chosen heritage. 

-Benjamin Beddome 



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A MORE SURE WORD OF PROPHECY 

The Apostle Peter was involved in some of the highest and some 
of the lowest moments that Jesus spent with His disciples. It was 
Peter who made the dramatic confession that Jesus was the Son of 
God. It was also Peter who suggested that Jesus did not come to die. 
It was Peter who tried futilely to defend Jesus with his sword. It was, 
of course, Peter who denied Jesus three times. 

Peter was impetuous, but he could become easily discouraged 
also. This was his history until the Day of Pentecost, when the Holy 
Spirit came into his life. From that time on he was a faithful, energetic 
servant of God. He went far preaching the Gospel. He stood firmly 
upon the Gospel. 

Later in his ministry, Peter wrote two epistles. In these letters he 
spoke of the Jesus, whom he had known and served. He reminded 
them that he had experienced many things with Jesus. They could 
hear from a person who had been closely associated with Jesus. 
This would confirm what they believed. Peter could tell them just how 
Jesus had spoken and acted. The Apostle John also spoke of 
seeing, hearing, touching and eating with Jesus. Those to whom he 
wrote could know that he was giving them truth as he had received it 
from Jesus in person. 

Peter spoke of the time when he would no longer be with them. 
Then he could no longer reminisce of his days with Jesus for their 
Spiritual benefit. Jesus had prophesied that Peter would die a 
martyr's death. He knew the time would eventually come. Then what 
would serve as a reminder of these Spiritual truths? Where would 



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they find the proof to back-up their faith? Peter knew that all men 
need something behind them to help support them against the critics 
and nay-sayers. 

He reassured them that there was a more excellent foundation for 
their faith and practice. He knew that men would die. He knew that 
men could lose their memories. He knew there would be men who 
would deliver a false witness. He wanted them to know that there 
was a witness that could be trusted after he had departed this life. 
Although they would not have his eyewitness account of Jesus 1 words 
and actions, they would have something even more trustworthy. 
They would have the Word of God. 

The scriptures had been delivered to them. They had the portion 
commonly called the Old Testament. The New Testament was in the 
process of composition even as Peter was writing to them. The 
scriptures would be more trustworthy than any man's memory and 
recounting of past events. The Bible was not the production of men 
drawing upon their own memories. 

The Bible was inspired by the Spirit of God. He moved through 
called men to write as He dictated. Their personalities shaped the 
words as they wrote but their message was God's message. The 
Spirit conveyed to men the mind of God. Through ready writers these 
thoughts were transcribed onto the leaves of the most needed and 
reliable book ever written. 

Peter could well call it a more sure word of prophecy. It certainly 
was more accurate than any history ever written by scholars. It had a 
factual foundation. God caused it to be written so its pages were all 
an accurate account of His will and His dealings with man throughout 
the history of the world. When we think of something that is sure, we 
think of something solid, unchangeable, unmoveable. When the 
word, "more" is added to "sure" the effect is to strengthen something 
that is already very strong. Peter considered the scriptures to be 
doubly strong and dependable. He wanted the believers to know that 
they could depend upon the Bible, when his own voice was stilled. 
He called it a "word of prophecy". He meant it not only spoke 
forcefully upon events yet to transpire, but also on what had 
happened in the past. It conveyed the authority of God when they 
read His commands, statues and judgments. It brought to their minds 
His mind on all subjects, whether historical, doctrinal or prophetical. 

He could assure them that the writers whom the Holy Spirit inspired 
did not write their private ideas. They wrote as they were moved by 
God's Spirit. The Bible is remarkable among the holy books of the 
world's religions. It does not sugarcoat the faults and failures of the 



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characters presented through its pages. Instead of being sweet, 
lovable, and perfect, they often are crude, unthinking, unloving', 
earthly-minded people. These faults are clearly shown, so we might 
know that God can still use imperfect men, who are willing to accept 
His gracious provision for their Spiritual well-being. God can use 
imperfect men, who allow Him to have His way with them. 

We have a more sure word of prophecy. Let us allow it to direct 
our feeble, halting footsteps during our journey through this world. 

M.C.Cook 

THE BENEFITS OF SUFFERING 

Suffering is an amazing tool, that God uses over and over. In the 
believer it brings out the best. In the unbeliever it brings out the 
worst. 

Jesus, when He was in the garden, suffered intense agony. He 
said, "...not my will but thine be done." On the cross He said, "Father, 
forgive them for they know not what they do." 

Job was a man who suffered much. He said, "The Lord gave, and 
the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord." Another 
time he said, "Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him.", and "Thou 
shalt call, and I will answer thee." 

What would we do if we did not have these scriptures to refer to in 
our lives? 

Abraham when he was taking his son up the mountain to be 
sacrificed, said, "...God will provide." 

The thief on the cross who believed Jesus said, "Lord remember 
me when thou comest into thy kingdom." Jesus answered, "Today 
shalt thou be with me in paradise." That thief knew that Jesus was 
Lord and that He had a kingdom. If Jesus remembered him he would 
be saved. The other thief could only think of this life and getting down 
off the cross. He said, "If thou be Christ, save thyself and us." 

We can not tell God what to do. We may ask things of Him. We 
may plead with Him to change our circumstances, but we can not 
demand. 

The Apostle Paul said, "That I may know him and the power of his 
resurrection and the fellowship of his suffering, being made 
conformable unto his death," and also, "I know in whom I have 
believed and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have 
committed unto him against that day." There are many other 
scriptures written by Paul related to suffering. He was a man who 
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John suffered when He was on the Isle of Patmos and was all 
alone. Look at the revelation God gave unto him which gives us so 
much information about Heaven! 

Thomas was a man who was disturbed mentally when Jesus was 
crucified. He suffered much and was frustrated because he knew 
Jesus had died. He had seen the soldiers thrust a spear into His 
side. He had seen Jesus raise the dead when He was alive, but how 
could a dead man raise Himself? He was convinced that Jesus was 
dead and no one — not even the disciples — could convince him of the 
resurrection of Jesus. He thought the other disciples had lost their 
minds and that he was the only one who had any sense about it. He 
was so convinced that he said, "Except I shall see in his hands the 
print of the nails and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust 
my hand into his side I will not believe." After the resurrection, when 
the disciples had met for the second time, Thomas was with them. 
Jesus suddenly appeared in their midst. Jesus said, "Thomas, reach 
hither thy finger and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand and 
thrust it into my side: and be not faithless but believing." Thomas 
said, "My Lord and my God." Jesus said, "Thomas, because thou 
hast seen me, thou hast believed: Blessed are they that have not 
seen and yet have believed." Today we are recipients of that 
blessing. We can also say, "My Lord and my God." 

Due to the suffering from the stroke I have experienced, it has 
caused me to think of the many men in the Bible who have suffered. 
They have given us many different examples that can apply to all 
mankind. I have seen through suffering a new concept. I now have a 
closer relationship to others who have suffered. 

Romans 8:18 says, "For I reckon that the sufferings of this present 
time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be 
revealed in us." 

Brother Rudy Cover 
2435 Temperate Ave. 
Modesto, CA 95380 

THE BIBLE SPEAKS TO YOUTH 

Suffering But Not Defeated 
It is very comforting to study about the suffering church at Smyrna 
as described in the book of Revelation. Smyrna was located about 
thirty-five miles from Ephesus. It was a wealthy city that rivaled 
Ephesus in its beauty and commerce. It had well-planned harbors 
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all of this beauty, could there be any disadvantages to living in this 
setting? Yes! It was filled with the pagan temples of Aphrodite, 
Asclepia, Apollo, Eybelle, Zeus and the Emperor Tiberius. It was a 
free city but it gave its full allegiance to the Roman Empire. 

Smyrna had been destroyed in the seventh century BC. It had 
been rebuilt by Alexander the Great in the third century BC. It was 
famous for its beauty but even more for its excellent school of 
medicine. 

The Word is silent about the establishment of the church in Smyrna 
but it was probably begun as a missionary offshoot from the Ephesian 
church. 

Christ identifies Himself to this church as 'The first and the last, 
who was dead, and is alive." Smyrna means myrrh or bitterness.. .a 
sweet perfume used for the embalming of the dead. This was an 
appropriate picture of Christ's suffering and death. Knowledge of the 
Lord's suffering was a great comfort to the believers at this church as 
they were undergoing horrible persecution. 

There is no condemnation to be found in the writing to Smyrna, 
only commendation. Christ knew their "works, and tribulation, and 
poverty." Politically, they suffered persecution from the Roman 
Empire. Physically, they were fed to the lions, were crucified, killed 
by wild animals, tarred, burned at the stake and even boiled in oil. 
Polycarp, the Bishop at Smyrna, was burned at the stake in the arena 
at Rome around 155 AD. Economically, they suffered great poverty 
as a result of their uncompromising commitment to the Lord and their 
faith. They were denied employment, Christian shop owners were 
boycotted and their homes were even robbed and vandalized. The 
Lord could relate to this poverty. And, yet, they were called rich. And 
indeed they were. They were rich in Christ's love, scriptural 
encouragement, the fruit of the Spirit and in spiritual blessings. Paul's 
testimony provides a good summary of what the Christians in Smyrna 
were experiencing: "As poor, yet making many rich; as having 
nothing, and yet possessing all things." (II Cor. 6:10) 

Many of the Jewish community were used by Satan to blaspheme 
the Church and the Lord. Christ said, "I know the blasphemy of them 
who say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan." 
They were Jews by birth but not by faith. They were ultimately 
motivated by Satan to persecute and put down Christians and the 
Church. 

Satanic persecution caused some of the Smyrna believers to be 
put into prison. There they were persecuted severely. Yet the Lord 
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assured them that He was in control of all things and these 
circumstances were even under His control. As with Job, God sets 
the limits on what Satan can do to believers. He does not let us be 
tried beyond what we are able to bear. (I Cor. 10:13) In addition, His 
grace is sufficient to carry us through all trials. (II Cor. 12:9) 

Christ promised those who would remain faithful a crown. A 
"crown of life" — to be exact. This is the martyr's crown. It is given to 
those who will be faithful even unto death. Again, John called on the 
believers to "Hear what the Spirit said to the church." Those who 
would overcome would not be hurt by the "second death." NO TRUE 
BELIEVER WILL HAVE TO STAND BEFORE THE GREAT WHITE 
THRONE JUDGMENT AND BE CONDEMNED TO THE LAKE OF 
FIRE, WHICH IS THE SECOND DEATH. (Rev. 20:11-15) 

The Christians in Smyrna were crushed by persecution but 
throughout their horrible experience, they emitted a glorious fragrance 
of Christ. Yes, they were poor by the world's standards, but they 
were rich in the Spirit. Because they were faithful to their commitment 
to the Lord, they lived a victorious life. 

Christians today are undergoing trials for their faith. We can glean 
encouragement, strength and great comfort from the testimony of 
Smyrna. We can be challenged to take great hope in our Savior's 
assurance that He will "never leave us or forsake us." 

Brother Len Wertz 

BIRDS OF A FEATHER 

As the years swiftly come and go, my childhood days seem much 
clearer to my memory than things that happen now. Those long-ago- 
memories are much dearer to my soul than the happenings of today. 
What a gift Godly parents are. If parents were today as they were 
yesteryear, I believe our world would be a much more comfortable 
place in which to live. The radio, television, VCR, and so forth 
(please read Isaiah 33:15, Psalm 101:3, 119:37) seem to have 
consolidated people into one great mass of evil. They love to have it 
so, therefore we have evil all about us in family, in state, and yes, also 
in churches, sad to say. They have become lovers of many 
pleasures, lusts of the eye, ear and flesh, more than lovers of God. 
Read II Timothy 3:1-9. 

My dear mother passed to her reward thirty-three years ago, and 
my father, thirty-two years ago. How I miss them. I would love to sit 
and talk with them once again. 

I remember so vividly so many sayings of wisdom my mom used to 
quote. One in particular was: "Birds of a feather flock together." We 



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do not see robins and crows, bluebirds and sparrows or any two kinds 
in the same groups when they go away in the autumn, or when they 
return in the spring. Each group keeps their own company. Every 
kind of bird does the same just as God created them to do. However, 
people mingle with people of all types. They are led away from the 
truths God has taught in His Holy Word by the cunning and deceptive 
vices and voices of the evil one and his helpers who are at large to 
deceive the very elect if it were possible. Mark 13:22. 

Another one of her sayings was, "Show me the company you keep 
and I will tell you what kind of person you are." Another saying that is 
true is "Like attracts like." So, I was always taught as the Bible tells 
us, to choose godly company. II Thessalonians 3:14, II Corinthians 
6:14-18, Rev. 21 :8. We cannot keep bad company and it not rub off 
because "We are a part of all we meet" whether we want to be or not. 
We always copy to some extent in thought or action some part or 
parts of the people with whom we come in contact. We save 
ourselves a lot of trouble by shunning the evil unless they solicit our 
help to assist them to live a better life. 

I heard a little story one time about a pet parrot that escaped his 
cage and joined himself to a flock of blackbirds. The farmer, tired of 
the blackbirds stealing his grain, shot into the group with his shotgun. 
When he picked them up there was his pet parrot that had gotten 
away, with a broken wing and guess what the poor parrot was saying, 
"Bad company, BAD COMPANY." I wonder if the parrot did not also 
like the farmer's grain? Sometimes we can learn lessons from even 
the birds and the beasts. 

Another of my mother's bits of wisdom was, "A stitch in time saves 
nine," which is true whether mending a sock, or rearing sons and 
daughters. Another was "Whatever you do, do with your might, a job 
done by halves is never done right." Which means we should apply 
our talents to do our work well whether it be for God or man. So the 
list could go on. The people who do their best are sought out for the 
work and service of both God and man. 

It is my prayer that we all will strive to please Him Who has been 
preparing that Beautiful City with streets of gold and gates of pearl. 
That is where there is no setting sun. There we will eat twelve perfect 
fruits from the tree of life and drink pure water from the river of life. 
There we will be without pain or sickness forever and ever. 

Man's time is almost run out. The history of this world will soon be 
written. One soul is worth more than all this old wicked world is 
worth, Christ said. He has paid the price for us all. We must keep 
His commandments in faith believing while we live and thereby seal 



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our covenant with Him for eternity, there to praise His name forever. 

What a joy that will be. GLORY HALLELUJAH. 

Sister Ruth M. Snyder 
6159 Garrett Highway 
Oakland, MD 21550 

BUT IF THE LORD MAKE A NEW THING 

(Read Numbers chapter 16) 

Numbers 16:30, "But if the LORD make a new thing, and the earth 
open her mouth, and swallow them up, with all that appertain unto 
them, and they go down quick into the pit; then ye shall understand 
that these men have provoked the LORD." 

Our opening verse is the words of Moses as he describes the final 
end of those who deemed to challenge his authority. Moses 
vindicated his own words and actions in verse 28 of this chapter. 
"And Moses said, Hereby ye shall know that the LORD hath sent me 
to do all these works; for I have not done them of mine own mind." 

At that time, Korah and his followers challenged the right of Moses 
to discern the mind of God and install rules to govern the spiritual lives 
of the Israelites. Recently, many have challenged the right of church 
leaders to set forth rules and regulations for a group of believers. 
Louis L. Bauman, who Bob Kinsley in his book ALEXANDER MACK: 
HIS GREATEST LEGACY describes as "an innate and pervasive 
leader (who) enjoyed widespread influence in Brethren circles of his 
day." was one of the early leaders to challenge the right of church 
authority. He is quoted as saying, "The Scriptures had lost their place 
of centrality and primacy in the churches' polity and its life and 
practice in the 19th century National Church." He is referring to the 
time in our Brethren history when the practices, that we follow in the 
Dunkard Brethren Church, that set us apart from the world and most 
other Christian organizations, were established. 

The thinking that rules and regulations in a denomination or 
gathering is adding to Scripture pe/vades modern theological 
understanding. We realize that our Brethren forefathers, like Moses, 
were only human and subject to error. When the Pharisees 
questioned Christ on the subject of divorce (without a cause) they 
asked him, "...Why did Moses then command to give a writing of 
divorcement, and to put her away?" Jesus' answer would seem to 
indicate the human weakness of Moses. "...Moses, because of the 
hardness of your hearts suffered you to put away your wives: but from 
the beginning it was not so." The human weakness of Moses did not 



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change the fact that God had ordained him to give spiritual instruction 
and leadership to the nation of Israel. Likewise, we believe that God 
was leading our Brethren forefathers as they established rules and 
regulations for this movement. 

As we come into the New Testament era we find that Jesus Christ 
and the Holy Spirit lead us into a deeper understanding of the will of 
God than was revealed to Moses. While we do not believe in 
progressive revelation beyond the Holy Scriptures, we do believe that 
a church can change its mind on certain matters not spelled out in 
Scripture. One of the ways to determine if decisions are of the Lord is 
to think ahead as to what possible final results will be. 

As we examine the challenge to the church rules and regulations 
that men claim to have caused Scripture to have lost its place of 
centrality and primacy in the church, let us also examine the 
consequences suffered by those who have elected to drop these 
regulations from their church government. With a possible few 
exceptions, the Bible has been replaced with human reasoning. 
"Because of the hardness of their hearts" church leaders questioned 
the right of a church to govern its membership. This resulted in 
making peculiar (set apart) practices and doctrines optional for the 
membership. In a relative short period of time the progressive church 
leaders were encouraging the membership to ignore the early church 
practices. The final result was that many in leadership actually 
questioned the authority of Holy Scripture itself. Those who believed 
in a literal six day creation were ridiculed. It finally came to the place 
where the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ was questioned. This made 
us equal with the cults! 

We do not believe we must discard what God has revealed to our 
Brethren forefathers, for our own safety, to see God "make a new 
thing" in our midst. We believe God wants to lead us into deeper 
spiritual worship and purer personal lives in the year 1997. 

Brother James M. Hite 
816 E. Birch St. 
Palmyra, PA 17078-2704 

TOO LATE 

"And the Lord said, My spirit shall not always strive with man..." 
Genesis 6:3. 

Recently Brother Rudy Shaffer came to Mechanicsburg and fed us 
nightly from God's Word. God's people, who are blessed much more 
than we deserve, were blessed again for an entire week. Brother 
Rudy spared nothing, and we believe that by the end of the week he 



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was free of the blood of all men. 

With all the many blessings we received, this writer believes that 
there were those who heard the Word of God, yet did not respond to 
the pleas of the Spirit. How wonderful it is to live in the Age of Grace, 
yet we are not certain when this day will be completed. The rich man 
pulled down his barns and built bigger ones because his harvest was 
so great. He said to himself, take thine ease, eat, drink and be merry. 
Yet that very night his soul was required. We do not know when the 
bridegroom may come, therefore we must be ready. Our lamps must 
be trimmed and burning, for the bridegroom may come anytime. 

God has prepared a place for us in heaven. There is also a place 
prepared for the devil and his angels: a place too horrible to consider, 
yet to those who are sinning away their day of grace it will no doubt 
become a reality. God's righteous anger and indignation are kindled 
against those who reject Him. To those who say, "God would never 
cast me into hell," take heed. He can easily do it, just as a human 
being can crush the life from an ugly insect or worm. God's 
righteousness is such that unrighteousness cannot be found in His 
presence. 

God's love for us is so great that He sent His Son to be made a 
sacrifice for sin for us: His ONLY Son. This is love hard to imagine. 
Not one of us has even sacrificed one of our children for Him, yet He 
gave the brightest star Heaven had to offer. God loved us while we 
were yet in our sins, when we were unlovable. 

Friends, God commands all men everywhere to repent and get 
right with Him. Just joining a church is not enough. Look to Jesus 
and trust His atoning blood today. Repent and be baptized for the 
remission of sins. To live the Christian life is the greatest life, and 
greater still are its rewards. 

Brother Lynn H. Miller 
RD2 Box 561 
Newmanstown, PA 17073 

SIXTY YEARS AGO 

January 15, 1937 
THE SINFUL CARNAL NATURE OF MAN 
J. H. Beer 
(Rom. 7:18-21) Tor I know that in me (that is in my flesh) dwelleth 
no good thing: for the will is present with me; but how to perform that 
which is good I find not. For the good that I would, I do not; but the 
evil which I would not, that I do." This whole chapter is a picture of 
the natural or carnal man, striving against sin and is unable to 



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overcome it. The Bible teaches that man is born with a sinful nature, 
and that this evil principle within him can and must be destroyed 
before he can enter heaven. 

(Psalms 51:6) "Behold I was shapen in iniquity, and in sin did my 
mother conceive me." Much is being said in the modern pulpit about 
natural goodness, and many are saying that man is not naturally bad 
and about all he needs is a little culture and development. But God's 
word declares that man - every man - is lost and ruined in his natural 
condition and must be completely changed before there can be any 
hope for him. For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God, 
for there is none righteous, no not one. All the evil in the world comes 
out of the natural heart. Listen to Jer. 17:9, "The heart is deceitful 
above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it?" (Gen. 
8:21) "For the imagination of man's heart is evil from his youth." 
(Matt. 15:19) "For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts." 

Murders, adulteries, fornication, thefts, false witness, blasphemies, 
these are the things that defile a man. All this boasting about the 
greatness of man is the flesh, and the preacher who talks about 
advancement and culture and development, and magnifies man, 
lacks moral discernment and is intensely ignorant of the depravity of 
the human heart. 

There are different degrees of badness - some people who are 
apart from grace have many good traits about them, yet sin is 
covered up in the heart and frequently manifests itself in some form. 
So instead of looking for goodness to come out of the natural man, 
we should adopt the Bible plan, preach repentance to him and expect 
the devil to come out of him. Then after he is soundly converted he is 
delivered from the old man of sin, who is as old as the fall of Adam. 

(Rom. 6:6), "Knowing this that our old man is crucified with him, 
that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not 
serve Sin." God does not want us to be deceived by sin, the whole 
Bible is a treatise on and how to get rid of it. So the one question 
before every individual is the sin question. Oh, you say the sin 
question don't bother you? (Rom. 8:6-7) "For to be carnally minded is 
death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the 
carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of 
God neither indeed can be." 

Sin is the one thing that can permanently ruin a man in this life and 
eternally damn him in hell. This old sinful nature often springs up 
when one least expects it, the old man is hidden deep down in the 
heart, but under provocation he flares up and lets his presence be 
known and felt. Paul says we are to put off the old man with his 



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deeds and put on the new man which after God is created in 
righteousness and true holiness. (Eph. 4:22) "To retain the Holy 
Spirit as an indweller the believer must be perfectly abandoned to 
God's will; with every trial that comes and with every duty that is to be 
performed, fresh grace will be given." 

Few people are willing to practice self-denial and to let God have 
His way with them, but they allow worldliness or pride or ambition or 
covetousness or the flesh to creep in and destroy the spiritual life, 
they run well for a season and when tempted with an easier way, 
which does not require so much self-denial they turn aside and while 
they may still keep up their profession they are heart backsliders and 
if they do not repent will be hopelessly lost. If we walk in the light as 
He is in the light we have fellowship one with another and the blood of 
Jesus Christ cleanseth us from all sin. 

FROM THE BRETHREN HYMNAL 

(Hymn #47) 
I'LL COUNT MY BLESSINGS 
Deuteronomy 28:2, "And all these blessings shall come on thee, 
and overtake thee, if thou shalt harken unto the voice of the Lord thy 
God." 

This is perhaps this writer's favorite Brethren hymn. It's simplicity 
and honesty suggest the simple, happy life of the ones who praise the 
Lord. The writer loved God, and sought to do His will. The writer 
loved to tell the old, old story, and told it so well: 

I'll count my blessings, count them o'er and o'er — 
I'll tell my Father's goodness - 1 will love him more, 
I'll count my blessings, bountiful and free — 
Yet I can never count them all — so good is God to me! 
Look at the rest of the world and you can easily sing this hymn. 
Yet I am only speaking in the material sense. We have so much in 
America. Just a walk from our borders and the picture is very 
different. Yet I am sure this speaks of spiritual as well as temporal 
blessings. The scriptures tell us to be careful that we do not forget 
the Lord after we have eaten and are full. The world at large has 
forgotten the Lord. Those who remember Him need to praise Him 
because there is so little praise to be heard. 

Another number in the Black Book (#45) puts it this way: 
O for a thousand tongues to sing 
My dear Redeemer's praise, 
The glories of my God and King, 
The triumphs of His grace. 



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If we do not offer praise unto Almighty God, the Rocks and all of 
creation will cry out unto Him. Blessed as we are, and knowing Him, 
it should not be hard. 

Brother Lynn H. Miller 
RD2 Box 561 
Newmanstown, PA 17073 

TORREON NAVAJO MISSION 

Volunteer Service 

Have you ever thought that you would like to give a portion of your 
life to helping others and serving in a mission setting? If so, you 
might want to consider work at the TORREON NAVAJO MISSION. If 
you like a variety of work and enjoy serving others this might be the 
work for you. 

It is not too early now to seek the Lord's will in this area of your life. 
What better way is there to serve the Lord than to give a part of your 
life in this way? It would be a unique experience that would stay with 
you for the rest of your life. 

We recommend this work for young adults who are serious-minded 
and would like to give God the first fruits of their life rather than 
waiting until later in life when business, family or health might hinder. 

Brother David Skiles 

MARRIAGE 

STAUFFER - KEENEY 

Brother Brad Keeney, son of Brother and Sister Lamar E. Keeney 
of Denver, Pennsylvania was united in Holy Matrimony with Kimberly 
Stauffer, daughter of Earl and Barbara Stauffer of Ephrata, 
Pennsylvania. The wedding was held at 10:00 A.M., August 3, 1996, 
at the Middle Creek Brethren Church, Lititz, Pennsylvania. 

The ceremony was conducted by Brother Jason Reed. The 
newlyweds reside at 390 Mountain Rd., Denver, Pennsylvania 
17517. 

NEWS ITEMS 

HART, MICHIGAN 
We, the Church at Hart, have been blessed in many special ways 
this past year. We give thanks and praise to God for all He has done 
in a lot of areas. We have witnessed several baptisms for which only 
God receives the glory. Nadine Marks and Corina Marks accepted 
baptism and were taken in as members in July 1995. 



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This past year, 1996, brought three more to accepting baptism. 
Jeremiah Johnson accepted baptism and was accepted as a member 
in July 1996. He and Debra Marks, (daughter of Bro. Ronald and Sis. 
Nancy Marks, Hart, Michigan) were united in Holy marriage on August 
31, 1996. They reside at 1773 N. 136th Ave., Hart, Michigan. 

Kevin Haines and Lucy Kasza also experienced baptism, and were 
taken in as members in September of 1996. 

Kevin Haines, (son of Leland and Katie Haines, Detroit, Michigan), 
and Dorthy Marks, (daughter of Bro. Ronald and Sis. Nancy Marks, 
Hart, Michigan) plan, the Lord willing, to be united in Holy marriage, 
January 3, 1997. They will reside at 9541 E. Lane, Montaque, 
Michigan 49437-9351. 

We the Hart Congregation, are happy to announce that we will host 
the Second District Conference. The date is set for April 4 and 5, 
1 997. Meetings will start with preaching Friday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. 
Evening services will be at 7:00 p.m. Business meeting will be 
Saturday morning at 9:00 a.m. Examination service will be at 2:00 
p.m. Lovefeast will be Saturday evening at 7:00 p.m. Sunday 
worship will be at 10:00 a.m. Sunday evening at 7:00 p.m. We invite 
one and all to come and share this time of sweet fellowship. Come 
praying that souls might be touched by the Master's hand. 

Sister Anna M. Powell, Cor. 

THANK YOU 

We would like to thank our Brethren and Sisters over the 
Brotherhood for the cards, prayers, telephone calls of Best Wishes for 
us on our 50th Wedding Anniversary. May God bless and keep each 
one in His love and care. 

Thank You 

Brother Warren and Sister Luella Smith 

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS FOR 

FEBRUARY 1997 

February 2 - Qualifications of Bishops and Deacons - 1 Timothy 3:1-16. 

1 . Why must a Bishop "Have a good report of them which are 

without?" 

2. Explain "The mystery of Godliness." 

February 9 - Godliness in the Last Days - 1 Timothy 4:1 -1 6. 

1 . How can we discern if a teaching is from God or only of men? 

2. What was Paul referring to when he said "Meditate upon 

these things; give thyself wholly to them"? 



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February 16 - Providing for Family, Widows - 1 Timothy 5:1-16. 

1 . Why should a widow be supported by her living relatives and 

not by the Church? 

2. Define the term, "widows indeed", who should be relieved 

by the Church. 
February 23 - Godly Leadership - 1 Timothy 5:17-15. 

1 . What did Paul mean, "Let the Elders that rule well be counted 

worthy of double honour"? 
2 How could we "Be partaker of other men's sins"? 

YOUNG PEOPLE'S SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS 

FOR FEBRUARY 1997 

February 2 - Faith - Luke 8:22-25, Heb. 1 1 :6, James 1 :5-6, James 
2:14-26 

1 . In what/who must we have faith? 

2. Explain the importance of the faith and works connection. 
February 9 - Baptism - Matt. 28:19-20, John 3:1-11, Acts 2:38. 

1 . Jesus said we must be born of what two things to enter the 

Kingdom of Heaven? 

2. What is the purpose of baptism? 

February 16 - Inward Fire - Luke 12:49, Luke 24:32, Rom. 10:1-13. 

1 . What kind of fire was Jesus talking about? 

2. How can we tell if our inner zeal is of self or of God? 
February 23 - Life's Purpose - Joshua 24:14-16, Matt. 6:33, John 

4:34, John 17:4. 

1 . For what purpose have we been given life upon the earth? 

2. Explain the principle Jesus gave to help us prioritize the 
things of life. 

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VOL. LXXV 



FEBRUARY 1, 1997 



NO. 3 



"For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



OUR WATCHWORD: Go into all 
the world and preach the gospel. 



OUR AIM: Be it our aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 



COMING TO THE CROSS 

I am coming to the cross; 
I am poor, and weak, and blind; 
I am counting all but dross; 
I shall full salvation find. 

Long my heart has sighed for Thee; 
Long has evil reigned within; 
Jesus sweetly speaks to me, 
"I will cleanse you from all sin." 

Here I give my all to Thee — 



Friends, and time, and earthly store; 
Soul and body Thine to be, 
Wholly Thine for evermore. 



Jesus comes! He fills my soul! 
Perfected in Him I am; 
I am every whit made whole — 
Glory, glory to the Lamb! 

-William McDonald 



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JOHN THE BAPTIST 

When eight days old, John the Baptist was named and 
circumcised. During the time of Elizabeth's pregnancy, John's father, 
Zacharius, had been unable to speak because he did not believe 
God's promise that he would father a son. As they inquired the name 
the child was to be given, Zacharius had written, "John". After he 
fulfilled God's instruction concerning John's name, his tongue was 
loosed. 

His first words were words of praise. He prophesied concerning 
John's part in proclaiming the gospel. Zacharius spoke of the coming 
of the Savior. The hope of all ages would be fulfilled as God prepared 
to bring His only begotten Son into the world. The birth of John was 
the beginning event in God's plan to bring salvation to His people. 
The people hoped for political and economic deliverance, but God 
was bringing them an even greater deliverance. He was bringing 
Spiritual deliverance to them. Zacharius could rejoice that God was 
making known this better way. His son, John, would introduce Jesus 
to the people. 

Zacharius knew that John was the forerunner of the Messiah. He 
would awaken the people to their need of salvation. Their salvation 
would come through the remission of their sins. Sins separate men 
from God. They must be remitted, or done away with, if the people 
were to be saved. 

John's ministry was to awaken the people to the coming Savior. 
By preaching, he hoped they would realize that their spiritual lives had 
not been pleasing to God. No longer would God wink at their sins as 
He had done in the past. Now all were responsible for their sins. 

John would preach repentance and remission of sins. The people 
had a form of godliness but they were not motivated to live daily lives 
devoted to God. John would tell them that they needed to repent of 
their sins. They needed not only to sorrow for those sins, at the same 

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time, they would have to be prepared to live differently. They needed 
to live according to the commandments of God. They could not 
depend upon their ancestry for their salvation, instead they needed to 
live a life pleasing to God. They not only needed to repent of their 
sins but those sins must be taken away before they could serve God 
as He wished. John would teach them not only repentance but also 
remission of sins. 

Zacharius perceived John's message as an expression of God's 
tender mercy toward the people. It was the bringing of Spiritual light 
to a people who had been sitting in darkness. John's ministry was 
important because he introduced the Messiah to the people in a very 
personal way. Showing the people that they needed a savior, he 
prepared them for the coming of the Messiah who would appear soon 
after he began his ministry. 

When John did begin preaching in the country near the Jordan 
River, he preached the repentance from sins and the remission of 
sins through baptism. He introduced a new concept by requiring his 
converts to be baptized that their sins might be washed away. The 
repentance he preached was not accomplished until remission had 
been completed in the baptismal waters. Jesus gave His assent to 
this method when He asked John to baptize Him. Although Jesus did 
not have any sins to repent of or to be remitted, He gave His approval 
to baptism by allowing John to baptize Him. He set an example of 
righteousness before all who saw Him or who have read of His 
baptism. John's baptism was not a man-made ordinance, for it had 
God's approval upon it as a necessary part of salvation. 

John's purpose was to persuade the people to have a different 
view of their relationship with God. Until this time the Jews 
considered righteousness to be the result of birth into the Jewish race 
and a reverence for the Mosiac Law. These people were not 
concerned about their personal activities affecting their standing with 
God. They had been born into the Hebrew nation so they were a part 
of the Chosen People of God. They depended too much upon their 
blood lines. They thought of the Law as a part of their heritage, not 
as a teacher of righteous living. Keeping the law was an impersonal 
fulfilling of certain rites and obligations. It was not a dynamic force in 
their lives. 

John came to awaken them from their Spiritual lethargy. He called 
them to daily lives of devotion and righteousness. He prepared them 
for the message of the Messiah, Jesus Christ. 

Have you heard the message of faith, repentance and remission of 
sins? Is your life in accord with the will of God? 

M.C.Cook 

SIXTY YEARS AGO 

February 1 , 1 937 

CLEAVING UNTO THE LORD 

L. W. Beery 

When one makes the good choice of renouncing Satan with all the 



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sinful pleasures of the world, resolving to serve the Lord Jesus Christ, 
it should be a complete renunciation of carnality and worldliness and 
a surrender without reservation to the way of truth and righteousness 
as it is given in the gospel. There is entirely too much half- 
heartedness in evidence among those who profess godliness which 
surely is not well pleasing unto the Lord. In the message to the 
Laodiceans (Rev. 3:16) the Lord stated, "So then because thou art 
lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth." 
So many professing Christians follow the world in all its styles, 
fashions, customs and practices when they are just the opposite from 
what the Bible teaches; this is nothing short of bowing down to Baal. 
In view of what the Bible teaches, such conduct is but mocking God. 
Speaking of the gods of the heathen, Jehovah stated this to Israel, 
"Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the 
Lord am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the 
children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate Me." 
(Exodus 20:5.) 

During the time of the early church the apostles were scattered 
abroad by persecution and some went to Antioch preaching, where a 
number of the Grecians turned unto the Lord. "Then tidings of these 
things came unto the ears of the church which was in Jerusalem: and 
they sent forth Barnabas, that he should go as far as Antioch. Who, 
when he came, and had seen the grace of God, was glad, and 
exhorted them all, that with purpose of heart they would cleave unto 
the Lord." (Acts 11:22-23.) This exhortation of Barnabas should be 
given serious consideration by those who have started out in the 
Christian life; "for he was a good man, and full of the Holy Ghost and 
of faith." 

The Spirit of God prompted Barnabas to declare to these Grecians 
that with "purpose of heart" they should "cleave unto the Lord." The 
Lord knows, and Barnabas knew from experience, that exercising 
faith in God and living the Christian life brings upon one the 
reproaches and persecutions of the world. Unless one is firmly rooted 
in the truth there is great danger that the tribulations that try those 
who turn to the Lord, will cause offense and eventually repudiation of 
faith. Jesus recognized this possibility in giving the parable of the 
sower when he spoke of the seed that fell into stony places. In His 
explanation of the parable Jesus stated, "But he that received the 
seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and 
anon with joy receiveth it; yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth 
for a while for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the 
word, by and by he is offended." (Matt. 13:20-21 .) 

In view of the persecutions and tribulations that harass and disturb 
the righteous in this wicked world, a choice to follow the lowly Lamb of 
Calvary must be backed by a strong resolution and a fixed 
determination to press on regardless of what comes. A faith of this 
kind is bound to succeed for to such the Lord giveth grace sufficient 
for victory. 

These matters should be given serious consideration when one 



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starts out in the Christian life so that when the testing time comes he 
will be prepared. In his day, "Daniel purposed in his heart that he 
would not defile himself with the portion of the king's meat, nor with 
the wine which he drank," (Dan. 1 :8) and when the testing time came 
the Lord was with him and helped him carry out his resolution. 

At various times in the history of the Israelite nation the Lord 
reminded them that they should cleave unto Him; an example of this 
is given in Deut. 13:4, "Ye shall walk after the Lord your God, and fear 
him, and keep His commandments, and obey his voice, and ye shall 
serve Him, and cleave unto Him." In turning to the Lord we vowed to 
live faithful unto death, surely, in view of the lightness, laxity and half- 
heartedness of professors today, we need to be reminded of our vows 
and our duty to our God. 

David at one time declared, "My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is 
fixed: I will sing and give praise." (Ps. 571) No doubt much of his 
success as a man of God was the result of his fixed determination to 
cleave unto the Lord. May we each make good our confession and 
profession before the world by purposing in our hearts to live faithful 
to our Master now and henceforth regardless of what may be our 
experiences in life, and cleave firmly to the Lord. 

"Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmoveable, 
always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that 
your labour is not in vain in the Lord." (I Cor. 15:58.) 

NEWS ITEMS 

GENERAL CONFERENCE 1997 
The Lord willing, General Conference will be held June 6 through 
11, 1997 at Maranatha Conference Grounds, Maxwell, Nebraska, 
thirteen miles east of North Platte on Interstate 80. Further details will 
be given later. Send reservations to: 

Brother Jerry Moss Brother Marvin Haldeman 

2475 240th St. PO Box 304 

Dallas Center, IA 50063 Quinter, KS 67752 

Brother Carl Reed, Locating Committee 

BETHEL, PENNSYLVANIA 
The Lord willing, we at Bethel Congregation, plan a one week 
revival, March 2 to 9, 1997. Brother Fred Pifer will bring the 
messages. Pray that we all may be true witnesses for Him. 

Sister Fern Wolfe, Cor. 



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ANDREWS, MARK(M) 
24407 South Overfelt Road 
Peculiar, Missouri 64078 
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717-345-6588 

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Myerstown, Pennsylvania 17067 

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Box 82 

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Casstown, Ohio 45312 
937-339-5395 

GUNDERMAN, TERRY (M) 
22358 C.R.1 18 
Goshen, Indiana 46526 
219-875-7155 

HARRIS, OTTO (E) 

HC 75 Box 131 

New Creek, West Virginia 26743 

304-749-7518 

HARTZ, PAUL A. Jr. (E) 
157 North Lincoln Street 
Palmyra, Pennsylvania 17078 
717-838-1810 



HEISEY, WILLIAM (E) 
9956U.S.Route36 
Bradford, Ohio 45308 
937-448-2560 

JAMISON, DALE E. (E) 
R.1 Box 137 
Quinter, Kansas 67752 
913-754-3416 

JAMISON, GORDON (M) 

R.1 Box 136 

Quinter, Kansas 67752 

913-754-3639 

JAMISON, HERMAN (E) 
R.3 BOX 24-D 
Quinter, Kansas 67752 
913-754-3686 

JOHNSON, FREDERICK (M) 
473 Dame Street 
Pettisvilie, Ohio 43553 
419-445-4976 

JOHNSON, H. EDWARD (E) 
1307 S.H. 108 
Wauseon, Ohio 43567 
419-337-0251 

KAUFFMAN, EUGENE (E) 
313 Park Avenue 
Broadway, Virginia 22815 
540-896-3104 

KEGERREIS, JAMES (E) 
220 Narrows Drive 
Lebanon, Pennsylvania 17046 
717-274-6619 

KIIZA, GODFREY (M) 
P.O.Box 21 188 
Kampala, Uganda 

KISEMBO, PETER (M) 
P.O.Box 21 188 
Kampala, Uganda 

LEATHERMAN, CHARLES (E) 

18158-H 

Wauseon, Ohio 43567 

419-337-6593 

LEATHERMAN, VIRGIL (E) 
419 North Queen Street 
Lfttlestown. Pennsylvania 1 7340 
717-359-5^53 

LEHIGH u ROBERTS. (E) 

R.7Box>840 

Spring Grove, Pennsylvania 17362 

717-225-4928 

LITFIN, GALEN (E) 
1408 E.7th Street 
Newberg, Oregon 97132 
503-538-2876 

LORENZ, LLOYD (M) 

R.4Box311 

Peru, Indiana 46970 

317-473-5045 

MALLOW, ELDON (E) 

R.1 Box 21 

Clearville. Pennsylvania 15535 

814-784-^488 

MARKS, MARLIN (E) 

3027 Acom Lane 

Red Lion, Pennsylvania 17356-9782 

717-246-9193 

MARKS, RONALD L. (M) 
1813 North 136th Avenue 
Hart, Michigan 49420 
616-873-2113 



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MEYERS, JAMES (E) 
2641 205th Street 
Dallas Center, Iowa 50063 
515-992-3947 

MYERS, DENNIS (M) 
2395 268th Lane 
Adel, Iowa 50003 
515-993-5357 

NELL, PAUL L(E) 

Woodland Drive 

R.6Box6119 

Spring Grove, Pennsylvania 17403-9489 

717-225-1663 

NESS, JACOB C. (E) 
136 Homeland Road 
York, Pennsylvania 17403 
717-741-1607 

PEFFER, JOHN (E) 
1 50 Wolts Bridge Road 
Carlisle, Pennsylvania 17013 
717-243-8328 

PIFER, FREDO. (E) 
1734 240th Street 
Adel, Iowa 50003 
515-993-3187 

REED, HAYES (E) 
1433 Overholtzer Drive 
Modesto, Calitornia 95355 
209-523-2753 

REED, JASON (M) 

R.4 Box 66 

Myerstown, Pennsylvania 17067 

717-866-6489 

REED, RAY R. (E) 

302 Percival 

Dallas Center, Iowa 50063 

515-992-3031 

RENICKER, RODNEY (M) 
6436 Covert Road 
Modesto, California 95351 
209-545-1478 

RICE, DAVID (M) 

4639 Addison-New Carlisle Road 

New Carlisle, Ohio 45344 

937-845-2128 

RUSH, HARLEY (E) 
P.O.Box 163 
Converse, Indiana 46919 
317-395-3751 

SHAFFER, DEAN E. (M) 
1461 West Key Parkway, Apt. 4 
Frederick, Maryland 21702 
301-663-3965 

SHAFFER, FRANK D. (E) 
13092 Grant Shook Road 
Greencastle, Pennsylvania 17225 
717-597-7282 

SHAFFER, FRANK E. Jr. (E) 
13055 Grant Shook Road 
Greencastle, Pennsylvania 17225 
717-597-4730 

SHAFFER, RUDY (E) 

42 Doe Run Road 

Manheim, Pennsylvania 17545 

717-665-6686 

SHELLY, EMMERTO. (E) 
460 California Road 
Littlestown, Pennsylvania 17340 
717-359-4975 



SHELLY, GALEN SCOTT (M) 
537 California Road 
Littlestown Pennsylvania 17340 
717-359-8899 

SKILES, DAVID L (E) 

HCR 79 Box 8 

Cuba, New Mexico 87013 

505-731-2292 

SMITH, WARREN C. (E) 
26270 Highway 50 
McClave, Colorado 81057 
719-829-4521 

SNYDER, DAVID (M) 
24056 County Rd.LL 
McClave, Colorado 81057 
719-829-4141 

ST .JOHN, DENNIS (E) 
21397-County Road B50 
Bryan, Ohio 43506 
419-428-2305 

ST JOHN, THOMAS (M) 
20380 Co. Road R 
Alvordton, Ohio 43501 
419-924-5242 

STUBER, RAY (E) 
5200 Swamp Road 
Felton, Pennsylvania 17322 
717-246-1116 

STUMP. PAUL (E) 
10340 N.Diarnond Mill Road 
Englewood, Ohio 45322 
937-836-6559 

SWEITZER, MERLE(E) 
255 Pleasant Grove Road 
Red Lion. Pennsylvania 17356 
717-244->445 

SWIHART, ROY J. (E) 
17421 C.R. 14 
Goshen, Indiana 46526 
219-825-2277 

UPLINGER, WILBUR L.(M) 

R.2BOX59 

Mt. Crawford. Virginia 22841 

540-828-6858 

WALKER, HENRY (E) 
12409 Terrace View Court 
Waterford, California 95386 
209-874-2832 

WERTZ, LEONARD (M) 

Box 178 

Ouinter. Kansas 67752 

913-754-2390 

WILKERSON, KENNETH (M) 
1260 Pine Grove Road 
Fredericksburg, Pennsylvania 17026 
717-865-5852 

WOLFE, KENNETH (M) 

R.2Box112 

Pine Grove, Pennsylvania 17063 

717-345-8107 

WRAY, MICHAEL (E) 
31111 Combs Avenue 
Escalon, California 95320 
209-838-2760 



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DUNKARD BRETHREN 
DEACONS 



Andrews, Larry 
Armstrong, Ellis 
Aungst, Dale 
Beach ler, Steve 
Beeman, Oscar 
Beeman, Steven 
Birt, Harliss 
Bittinger, Lester 
Blocher, Dale 
Blocher, Stephen 
Boone, Barry 
Brooks, Marion 
Burtner, Clair 
Carpenter, John 
Castle, Keith 
Cease, John 
Clayton, Lawrence 
Eberly, Marvin 
Eberly, Paul 
Eberly, Roy 
Flory, Claude I. 
Flory, Marvin 
Gibbel, Levi 
Gunderman, Reinhold 
Heisey, Paul 
Hersey, Steve 
Hosteller, Don 
Jamison, Marian 
Jamison, Newton 
Jamison, Tom 
Kasza, Eugene 
Kasza, Tim 
Kegerreis, Harold 
Kreiner, Ted 
Lichtenberger, Robert 
Litfin, Doyle 
Litfin, Ted 
Lorenz, Carl 
Lorenz, Doyle 
Lorenz, Marvin 



Marks, Charles 
Marks, Paul 
Meyers, Dale 
Meyers, Dennis 
Meyers, John 
Meyers, Martin 
Meyers, Roy 
Miller, Kenton 
Miller, Levi H. 
Miller, Lynn H. 
Musselman, Harold 
Myers, Nelson E. 
Myers, Paul B. 
Newman, Dale 
Noecker, Paul Jr. 
Noecker, Richard 
Peters, Ron 
Pike, Lowell 
Pike, Wayne 
Pletcher, Albert 
Priest, Duane 
Reece, Dave 
Reed, Carl E. 
Reed, Harold W. 
Reed, Oty 
Rupp, Denver 
Ruschhaupt, John 
St.John, Clifford 
St.John, Rick 
Sensenig, Glenn 
Siegrist, Tim 
Sowers, Charles 
Stauffer, Edwin 
Swihart, Roger 
Wells, Maurice 
Wertz, I von 
Wertz, Lee 
Wertz, Richard 
Wisler, John 
Wolfe, Verling 
Wyatt, Boyd 



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FEBRUARY 1,1997 ISSUE 
STANDING INFORMATION 

MASTHEAD 

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Adel, IA 50003 

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Beaumont, CA 92223 



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and verse. "Jesus wept." John 1 1 :35. 

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11. The Publication Board has 
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included in News Items, such as local 
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Meeting delegates, minor local church 



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12. Read these, then write. 

FIXED COMMUNION DATES 

Third Sat. March - Quinter, KS 
First Sat. April - Dallas Center, IA 
Fourth Sat. April - West Fulton, OH 
Last Sat. April - Grandview, MO 
Last Sun. April - Bethel, PA 
First Sat. May - Pleasant Home, CA 
First Sun. May - Waynesboro, PA 
Third Sat. May - Dayton, VA 
Third Sun. May - Lititz, PA 
Fourth Sun. May - Shrewsbury, PA 
Sat. before First Sun. Aug. - 

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First Sun. Oct. - Walnut Grove, MD 
Third Sat. Oct. - Dayton, VA 
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P.O.Box 62 
Pioneer, OH 43554 
419-737-2753 

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42 Doe Run Road 
Manheim, PA 17545 
717-665-6686 

GOSSIP, BOTH, VERBAL AND BY MAIL 

A. Elders, other officials and all 
others are admonished that being 
busybodies in other men's matters is 
contrary to Scripture, It should not be 
indulged in, as it causes complaint and 
interference with the spiritual life and 
work of those concerned. This applies 
especially where there may be trouble 
in the church, both to local members 
and those elsewhere, talking and 
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official in any church matter he (the 
official) should be exceedingly careful 
in giving advice, so as not to interfere 
in any way with proper care of 
difficulties, by officials whose business 
they are. Elders and all others should, 
in seeking advice, begin at home when 
at all possible and be careful to 
proceed regularly and in brotherly love. 

C. In correspondence, care should 
be exercised not to make statements 
that may be construed as derogatory to 
any member. If such things are done, 
full responsibility must be understood as 
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over and planning by groups, what to 
do or how to move in any particular 
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indulged in by officials or anyone else. 

E. Talking or circulating of what was 
done in council, either to members, 
who were not present, or to outsiders, 
is irregular and un-Christian and 
should not be indulged in. 

CIVILIAN SERVICE BOARD 

Ray R. Reed, Chairman 

302 Percival 

Dallas Center, IA 50063 

515-992-3031 

Jacob C. Ness, Exec. Sec. 
136 Homeland Road 
York, PA 17403 
717-741-1607 

Robert Carpenter 
R.5 Box 97 
Peru, IN 46970 
317-395-7879 

Henry Walker 

12409 Terrace View Court 

Waterford, CA 95386 

209-874-2832 

Milton Cook 

1138 East 12th Street 

Beaumont, CA 92223 

909-845-6231 



RELIEF BOARD 

Henry Walker, Chairman 
12409 Terrace View Court 
Waterford, CA 95386 
209-874-2832 

Martin Meyers, Secretery 
2654 K Avenue 
Adel, IA 50003 
515-993-3028 

William Carpenter, Treasurer 
801 2 Cavender Street 
Morenci, Ml 49256 
517-458-6535 

Virgil Leatherman 
41 9 North Queen Street 
Littlestown, PA 17340 
717-359-5753 

Tom Jamison 
R.2 Box 30 
Hoxie, KS 67740 
903-675-3600 

SCHOOL ADVISORY BOARD 

Rudy Shaffer 

42 Doe Run Road 

Manheim, PA 17545 

Dennis St.John 
21397-B50 
Bryan, OH 43506 

David L Skiles 
HCR 79 Box 8 
Cuba, NM 87013 

Michael Wray 

31111 Combs Avenue 

Escalon, CA 95320 

Fred Pifer 

1 734 240th Street 

Adel, IA 50003 

515-993-3187 



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LOCATION OF CHURCH HOUSES 

BETHEL, PENNSYLVANIA 
Located on Route 419, five miles 
east of Bethel, which is one mile south 
of Interstate 78, Exit 6. The Church 
and school are located together. 

BROADWATER CHAPEL, 
MARYLAND 

Located on Savage River Road in 
Garrett County,Maryland 

From Cumberland, Maryland, travel 
west on Interstate 68, 20 miles to 
Lower New Germany Road (Exit 24). 
Turn left or south under the Interstate 
three-tenths mile, turn right on Lower 
New Germany Road. Go 3.8 miles, 
turn left on Westernport Road. Go 3.8 
miles, turn right on Savage River 
Road. Go 3.9 miles to church on left. 

From Morgantown, West Virginia 
area travel east on Interstate 68 to 
Lower New Germany Road (Exit 24). 
Turn right, go three tenths mile, turn 
right on Lower New Germany Road 
and follow above directions. 

Traveling east or west on 
U.S. Route 50 take U.S. Route 220 
north. Take Maryland Route 135 at 
McCoole (just north of Keyser, West 
Virginia, on Maryland side of bridge) go 
seven miles on Route 135 (passing 
through Westernport and past 
WESTVACO Paper Mill) to Savage 
River Road. Turn right on Savage 
River Road, go 12.5 miles to church on 
right 

DALLAS CENTER, IOWA 
Dallas Center is located on Rt. 44, 
twenty-four miles northwest of Des 
Moines. Turn off Rt.44 unto Quinlan 



Avenue at west edge of Dallas Center. 
The church is located at 2323 Quinlan 
Avenue, three-fourth mile north on the 
west side of the road. 

DAYTON, VIRGINIA 
Turn west from Interstate 81 at 
Harrisonburg Exit #245. Go to fourth 
stop light, Rt.42, turn left to Dayton, 3.5 
miles right on Rt. 257, two blocks. 

ENGLEWOOD,OHIO 
Twelve miles north of Dayton, Ohio, 
Rt 40 and Rt 48 cross at the center of 
Englewood. Church house is located 
on the right of Rt 48, one block north of 
this junction. 

GOSHEN, INDIANA 
Located on Green Road, one block 
north of County Rd 130. Take U.S.33 
or Indiana 15 to Goshen. Turn west at 
police booth. Four blocks beyond 
bridge, turn right on North Indiana 
Ave., go one block. Turn left on West 
Clinton Street. Go one mile to Green 
Road, turn right and go one block. The 
church is located on the east side of 
the road. 

GRANDVIEW, MISSOURI 
The Grandview Church is located 
south of Grandview. Take the west 
access road of 71 Highway 1.5 miles 
south to 139th Street. Turn west and 
go to second street, turn south one 
block. 

HART, MICHIGAN 
From Muskegon go north on Rt. 31 
to Hart Exit. Go left from freeway 
about 1.5 miles to tee in road. Turn 
right and go approximately one half 
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LITITZ, PENNSYLVANIA 
Coming from the south on Route 
501 , turn right on Newport Road, which 
is about a mile north of Lititz. Coming 
from the north turn left on Newport 
Road. Go to second crossroads, turn 
right. The white church is on the right. 

MECHANICSBURG, PENNSYLVANIA 
Located between Routes 15 and 
1 1 . The town is bisected by Rt. 114 
into east and west and by Rt. 641 into 
north and south. The church is located 
on West Keller Street, (corner of Keller 
and Washington Streets), four blocks 
west of Market Street or Rt. 114. 
Leaving the Pennsylvania Turnpike at 
the Carlisle Interchange, Rt. 11 will 
lead east to Rt. 114. Leaving the 
Turnpike at the Gettysburg 
Interchange, Rt. 15 will lead west to Rt. 
114. 

BrightbilPs House - Located on U.S. 
Route 322, 2.5 miles east of 
Campbelltown, Pennsylvania in 
Lebanon County. The meeting house 
is a grey limestone building. 

McCLAVE, COLORADO 
The Cloverleaf church is located 
one mile north of U.S. Highway #50, 
four miles west of McClave Junction, or 
two miles east of Hasty, Colorado on 
U.S. #50, then one mile north. 

MOUNTAINDALE, MARYLAND 
Seven miles north of Frederick, in 
the little town of Mountaindale, 
Maryland, from the east go through the 
town to the west on the road from 
Lewistown to Yellow Springs, two 
miles from Lewistown and three miles 
from Yellow Springs. If traveling U.S. 



15, this road crosses 15, a half mile 
west of Lewistown and six miles south 
of Thurmont. 

PINE RIDGE, MISSISSIPPI 
Located near Collins, Mississippi. 
From Collins, go east on U.S. 84 three 
quarter's of a mile to Salem School 
Road. Turn left and go five and one 
forth miles to intersection, where there 
is a directional sign to the church. Turn 
left and proceed one mile to the next 
directional sign. Turn right and go one 
half mile to the church house. 

PLEASANT HOME, CALIFORNIA 

The Pleasant Home Church is 
located at 3960 Sharon Avenue, 
Modesto, California. The church's 
telephone number is 209-524-8634. 

Directions: from the south on 
Highway 99 take the Briggsmore Exit 
to the right and stay on Briggsmore 
Avenue to Claus Road (approximately 
six miles). Turn left on Claus, one 
fourth mile to Sharon Avenue, turn left 
on Sharon. The Church is on the left. 

Coming from the north on Highway 
99 take the Briggsmore Exit, turn left 
and stay on Briggsmore and follow 
above directions. 

PLEASANT RIDGE, OHIO 
Located in Williams County, four 
miles west of West Unity, forty rods 
north of Rt 20 Alternate. Two miles 
east of junction of Ohio Rt. 1 5 and U.S. 
Route 20 Alternate. 

PLEVNA, INDIANA 

Route 18 passes east and west 

through Converse. In Converse, turn 

south at stoplight and go three miles. 

Turn right on blacktop road and go five 



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miles to Plevna. Or go west of 
Converse on Rt. 18 for five miles, turn 
left and go three miles south. The 
church is on west side of street near 
the square of Plevna. 

QUINTER, KANSAS 
Located at the corner of Eighth 
Street and Main Street. 

RIDGE, WEST VIRGINIA 
Coming from the west to Ridgeville 
on U.S. 50, turn right on Knobley 
Road. Follow this road to the Antioch 
Church of God, where you will turn left 
onto an unpaved road. Follow this 
road to where the road forks, keep the 
right hand road to the Ridge church 
house. 

Coming from the east on U.S. 50, 
turn left on Ridgeville and follow the 
above directions. 

Coming through Cumberland, 
Maryland follow Route 220 south 
through Keyser, West Virginia to U.S. 
50. Turn east on U.S. 50 and go to 
Ridgeville and follow the above 
directions. 

SHREWSBURY, PENNSYLVANIA 
Fourteen miles south of York on Rt 
111, at the north end of the town of 
Shrewsbury. 

SWALLOW FALLS, MARYLAND 
Church address is: 2191 Swallow 
Falls Road., Oakland,MD 21550. Take 
Maryland Rt. 219 North of Oakland 5.5 
miles or South of I 68, 18 miles to 
Mayhew Inn Road. West on Meyhew 
Inn Road to the stop sign (4.2 miles). 
Bear left onto the Oakland- Sang Run 
Road for .3 mile to the Swallow Falls 
Road. Turn right onto the Swallow Falls 



Road for .3 mile. The Church will be on 
your left. 

WALNUT GROVE, MARYLAND 
Church address is: 4000 Kump 
Station Road,Taneytown, MD 21787. 
From Littlestown, PA travel Route 194 
south toward Maryland. After crossing 
PA/MD line (this is shortly after 
Kingsdale Firehouse on right), turn left 
onto second hard road on your left, 
which is Kump Station Road. Follow 
this road approximately one fourth mile 
to brick church house on right. 

From Taneytown, MD, take Route 
194 north three miles. Turn right onto 
Kump Station Road. Brick church 
house is on right, approximately one 
fourth mile. 

WAYNESBORO, PENNSYLVANIA 
Church is located in west side of 
town, on the corner of Ridge and Third 
Streets. Turn south of Route 16 on 
Fairview Avenue, go two blocks and 
turn left on Third Street, church house 
is one block. 

WEST FULTON, OHIO 
Near Wauseon, Ohio, located on 
U.S. Rt. 20 Alternate, 3.5 miles west of 
the junction of Ohio Rt. 108 and U.S. 
20 Alternate. 

WINTERHAVEN, CALIFORNIA 
Located in Cherry Valley. Go north 
of Beaumont on Beaumont Avenue, 
turn right on Brookside (marked with 
Highland Springs sign) go to Jonathan, 
turn left, go one block to Lincoln, turn 
right and go to church, which is on left 
side of road. 



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MISSIONS 

CLEARVILLE, PENNSYLVANIA 
Ward's Church is located in South- 
Central Pennsylvania about halfway 
between Everett on Rt. 30 and Piney 
Grove on Rt. 40, about six miles south 
of Clearville. From Everett take Rt. 26 
to Clearville. At Clearville go straight 
south, leaving Rt. 26, which turns right. 
Go 1.5 miles, turn right at the fork. 
Ward's Church is five miles on left side 
of road. Services are held second, 
fourth and fifth Sundays at 1 0:00 AM. 

TORREON NAVAJO MISSION, 
NEW MEXICO 

Located 23 miles southwest of 
Cuba, New Mexico. In Cuba, turn on 
State Highway 197. Follow Rt. 197 for 
19 miles to a paved road leading to the 
left. A Mission sign marks this junction. 
Present personnel includes: David and 
Mildred Skiles; Paul and Sarah Skiles; 
Philip and Kelly Lapp; Angela Hill and 
Crystal Strife. Visitors would be wise to 
notify the Mission in advance. 
Address: HCR 79, Box 8, Cuba, NM 
87013; telephone: 505-731-2292. 
Please contact for further information. 



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VOL. LXXV 



FEBRUARY 15, 1997 



NO. 4 



"For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



OUR WATCHWORD: Go into all 
the world and preach the gospel. 



OUR AIM: Be it our aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 



I AM THINE, O LORD 

I am Thine, O Lord, I have heard Thy voice, 
And it told Thy love to me; 
But I long to rise in the arms of faith, 
And be closer drawn to Thee. 

Consecrate me now to Thy service, Lord, 
By the pow'r of grace divine; 
Let my soul look up with a steadfast hope, 
And my will be lost in Thine. 

the pure delight of a single hour 
That before Thy throne I spend, 

When I kneel in prayer, and with Thee, my God, 

1 commune as friend with friend! 



There are depths of love that I cannot know 
Till I cross the narrow sea; 
There are heights of joy that I may not reach 
Till I rest in peace with Thee. 

-Fanny J. Crosby 



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LOVE 

Love is one of the most important subjects in our lives. Although 
we all know it when we feel it, it is difficult to define it. How can a 
person describe his feelings for his wife, his children, grandchildren or 
parents? How does a person describe his feelings for fellow 
believers? How can a man describe the love of God? These 
emotions are impossible to fully define or describe, yet they are very 
important to us. 

There would never be any love at all were it not for the love of 
God, originally shown to man. Even those who profess to not believe 
in God's existence speak of human love. They could not have that 
love if God had not first shown love. Without His example, there 
would be no standard that would show man what love is or that it 
even existed. God showed His love originally in His creation of man 
and provision for him in his created world. He continued to show love 
throughout His dealings with humans. He eventually gave the 
greatest example of love possible. He gave His only begotten Son as 
the redeemer, who would pay the price for the sin of all. His love was 
so great that He bore the sin that separated all from God. God's 
great love overcame His perfect justice. All people can love God 
because He first loved them, although they did not deserve it. 

Love operates where it is not appreciated. Love continues to hold 
out hope to those who are unlovable. Love does not look at the 
surface, but considers the heart. It is amazing how even the most 
unlovable characters in this world have people who love them and 
believe in them. 

Spiritual love is the ultimate love for it involves God. The love for 

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family and friends is expected. Spiritual love goes beyond natural 
love. It is based on God's love. It is a desire to show love as God 
shows love. This love is mentioned often in the New Testament. It is 
a love for those of like precious faith. 

Our love for God must be more than just a pious expression. It 
must be demonstrated in our lives. It must be shown through our love 
for the Brethren. If we can not love our Brethren whom we have 
seen, how can we love God, whom we have not seen? It must be 
shown through our obedience to God's expressed will found in His 
Word. 

The Apostle Paul gives us an insight into love in I Timothy 1:5. 
"Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart and 
of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned." He speaks of three 
necessary components for love to prosper. A pure heart good 
conscience and unfeigned faith all have a part in Christian love.' ' 

The heart is the center of our human emotions. It is identified 
with love, especially on Valentines Day. Our emotions must be under 
the control of God's Holy Spirit. We can not truly express love if our 
emotions are out of control. When out of control, emotions can lead 
us into unwise pathways. If we operate our lives under the influence 
of uncontrolled emotions we will not be steady in any of our 
commitments. We will be drawn first to one extreme and then to the 
opposite extreme in our feelings and behavior. Our emotions must be 
under the control of God so they do not lead us astray. 

A good conscience speaks of work of which we are not ashamed 
If our conscience does not condemn us, our works must be right. The 
conscience of unbelievers can not be a trustworthy guide for they are 
seared. An unconverted person's conscience will lead him astray for 
it has not been made alive by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. Only 
after conversion, can the conscience become a trustworthy guide. If 
the transformed conscience and mind do not condemn the acts of a 
person, then they may be all right. So a good conscience shows a life 
and labor that is acceptable to God. 

An unfeigned faith speaks of the doctrine or teaching of the New 
Testament as it is applied to the Christian's life. It is the faith once 
delivered to the saints. It is belief and practice that conforms to the 
teachings given to the Church for Her benefit and growth. There must 
be a right doctrine for right works to be done. If the basis for work is 
wrong the works will not be right. The foundation must be square and 
firm, if the house is to be straight and steady. The foundational 
beliefs that govern our lives must be square and firm if our lives are to 
yield the fruit that God desires. 

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on a pure heart, a good conscience and an unfeigned faith. How 
does your love measure up beside this standard? 

M.C.Cook 

REPORT-AFRICAN MISSION BOARD 

October 28, 1996 

"Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the 
angels of God over one sinner that repenteth." Luke 15:10. 

Word from Brother Godfrey and the Brethren in Uganda indicates 
a continuing interest in the message of the Holy Bible, and more 
prospective members of the Church are waiting to be baptized when 
Brethren Paul Stump and Rudy Shaffer visit Africa in November. 

The interest in the orphan children is much appreciated and their 
response to your letters and gifts to them we trust has been inspiring 
to you. We thank you for your support of the work. We give a friendly 
reminder to those who have agreed to sponsor and may have 
overlooked sending your support, if you need information on what 
you have paid, just let us know. 

Individuals having contributed $250.00 or more in any one check 
during 1996, will be issued a receipt in January. Those who 
contributed in lesser amounts but who desire a receipt for your 
composite offerings, may obtain the same by contacting us. 

Your Board feels the need for workers to go to Uganda for 
support of the native workers there. We renew our appeal for anyone 
interested to please get in touch with us. May the message of 
Salvation go forth in Africa to the Glory of God. 

Brother Ray R. Reed, Sec. 

AFRICAN MISSION BOARD FINANCIAL REPORT 
Quarter Ending September 30, 1996 

Balance 7-1-96 $11,352.34 

Receipts: 

Donations 6,064.31 

Sponsorship 4,440.00 

Reimbursement for air fare for travel not taken 1 .332.65 

Total Receipts $11,836.96 

Disbursements: 

Travel 4,066.59 

Banking Fees 10.00 

Orphan Education 7.200.00 

Total Disbursements $1 1 ,276.59 

Balance 9-30-96 $11,912.71 

Brother Mark Andrews, Treas. 



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REPORT-AFRICAN MISSION BOARD 
January 9, 1997 

"Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white 
already to harvest." John 4:35b. 

Sixty-eight precious souls were baptized when Brethren Rudy 
Shaffer and Paul Stump along with Sister Mary Stump were in Africa 
from mid-November to the first of December. There are five meeting 
places in Kenya and three in Uganda where services are held. 

The Orphan Schooling Program has progressed fairly well, but 
the administrator of the Saint Barnabas School seems unwilling to 
work with Brother Godfrey and the Church for the January, 1997 
school term. The General Mission Board met with the African Mission 
Board January 6 and decided to postpone sponsorship for one school 
term until arrangements could be made with another school. 
Hopefully, missionaries from the United States may go to Africa to 
help supervise the work. Our primary emphasis is to minister the 
Gospel to the unsaved and nurture the new Christians. 

We have a number of requests for members 5 students to be 
sponsored both at Kampala and Kakumiro. 

Those who have contributed $250.00 or more in one check to the 
African Mission Board during 1996 will be receiving a receipt this 
month. If you have given lesser amounts and need a receipt, just let 
us know. God bless you for your gifts. 



AFRICAN MISSION BOARD FINANCIAL REPORT 


Quarter ending December 31 , 1 996 




Balance 10-1-96 


$11,912.71 


Receipts: 




Donations 


8,219.50 


Sponsorship 


4.990.00 


Total Receipts 


$13,209.50 


Disbursements: 




Travel 


1,215.50 


Transportation (includes van expenses and public 




transportation in Uganda and Kenya 


5,515.00 


Rent - Housing and Church 


420.00 


Banking Fees 


35.00 


Total Disbursements 


$7,185.50 


Balance 12-30-96 


$17,936.71 



We implore your earnest prayers for the work in Africa that souls 
may be saved. 

Brother Mark Andrews, Treasurer 
Brother Ray R. Reed, Secretary 
Brother Rudy Shaffer, Chairman 



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THE BIBLE SPEAKS TO YOUTH 

Evolution and the Horse 

Whenever the theory of evolution is brought into question, its 
proponents wonder why. Evolutionary Creationists in the church 
today seem to be bewildered. They just wonder why we do not go to 
a museum of natural history and become educated. Of course that is 
where the "evidence" of evolution from the skeletal remains give 
credibility to their confused belief. 

We have all seen the graduated skeletons of horses, from the 
little five-toed extinct horse bearing the label "Eohippus" to other now 
extinct breeds. These horses are all neatly arranged and identified so 
everyone with a normal IQ can grasp the whole amazing evolutionary 
process. 

Geologists and paleontologists consider the evolvement of all 
living creatures from a common source, from simple to complex, from 
protoplasmic into fully developed as scientifically logical. They see 
the whole matter of evolution as an airtight case. 

One museum has a placard on display which reads: "The subject 
of evolution has been considered as being opposed to religious 
principles. It is becoming increasingly evident, however, that a wider 
dissemination of the scientific data of biological evolution will have 
only one result - the building of a new and greater faith in life. It 
brings the realization of an upward trend in bodily function and mental 
powers. Is not this the best possible guarantee of future evolution 
toward something higher and better?" 

What kind of reasoning is this? We are asked to believe in 
evolution which destroys the credibility of the Genesis story of the 
Bible and develops a newer and greater faith in life! Of course this 
faith is not faith in God. 

Biological evolution is also called "dissemination of scientific 
data." What is this data? All the patched and added-to skeletons tell 
us very little. They probably tell us about the same thing as finding an 
old shoe in the sand and saying this is scientific data that someone 
wore it. Who says so? 

The evolutionists argue that comparative anatomy is the key to 
their belief. The skeleton of a fish, a frog, a snake, a cat, a bird, all 
have similarities. Their muscular, digestive, circulatory and nervous 
systems seem to have many things in common. Whales have 
flippers, birds have wings, horses have forelegs, men have arms... so 
they must evolve from the same organism. 

Of course there are many striking similarities in many of God's 
created animals. But this does not prove evolution. We all breathe 
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cars have seats, headlights, steering wheels, tire and windshields. 
Are they all Chevys? Did they evolve from General Motors? Maybe 
they evolved from Fords! 

The book "Adventures With Animals and Plants" says the fossils 
of horses tell "an astonishing story." We learn there that the oldest 
stratum contains the remains of a little creature, Eohippus, which lived 
sixty million years ago. This granddaddy fossil, about as large as a 
cat, had four toes on his front feet and three on the back. Do horses? 
Is he indeed a horse? What about his ancestors? 

So, what do the skeletal remains of the horse prove? Does size 
prove evolution? If so, I wonder where short and tall nationalities fit in 
the schematic picture. Should not all the short people have lived 
millions of years ago and all the tall ones be alive today? 

It is well known that the parts of horse skeletons have been found 
and reconstructed by imaginative artists. Elephants are known to be 
smaller today than most of their prehistoric ancestors. Why have 
horses become larger and elephants smaller? Probably by natural 
mutations which obviously work both ways. 

Skeletons of horses are poor illustrations of evolution. If you start 
with a horse, you get a horse. From the most primitive to the most 
modern — a horse is a horse. 

Another interesting sidelight is that some fossil remains of horses 
have been found in the same stratum as their purported progenitor, 
Eohippus. 

We see tiny shetlands and giant Clydesdales today. If two of 
them were to be buried in the same layer of mud and become 
fossilized, would they present a classic case for evolution? I suspect 
this would be a scientific consideration. 

Science would love to prove that all living creatures evolved from 
a single source. This information will never be available because 
GOD MADE ALL LIVING THINGS AND THEY WERE CREATED 
FULL GROWN AND COMPLETE. No amount of research or denial 
will change the truth of God's Word in regard to this awesome 
creation. 

This same God who created all living things by the power of His 
Word created YOU. ..and created you to know Him and to love Him. 
He created you to believe in Him and His creative power. YOU CAN 
BELIEVE HIM. HE PROVES CREATION IN HIS WORD. 

Brother Len Wertz 



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NEW VERSION THEOLOGY 

Over the last number of years we have been introduced to a 
number of new versions of the Bible. If you are like me, you heard 
about the versions, but never took a close or critical look at them. 

In reading the new versions, we, who are acquainted with the 
King James Version read the new versions "for clarification". Having 
a knowledge of the Scriptures, we do not look closely at the 
underlying changes in theology. We already have within our minds 
an understanding of Scriptural teachings and theology. 

Contrast our understanding of the Scriptures with someone who 
never knew or studied the Scriptures. This is especially important if 
this person has been involved in a cult or false religion, such as the 
Jehovah's Witnesses or the Eastern Religions. As they read and 
study the Scriptures, provided they are open to new ideas and 
concepts, they are placing them in the context of their prior, 
misguided understanding, teachings, and concepts. Suddenly 
differences in theology become much more important, since they do 
not have an existing, sound, scriptural foundation upon which to build 
and place this newfound knowledge. Will or can someone new to the 
Scriptures, develop the same basic understandings that we have? 

Also consider a few of the definitions of the Cults, and Eastern 
Religions. Christ is any fulfilled person, not our Lord and Saviour, 
The Holy Spirit is a spirit that is a whole complete person, and often 
refers to what we consider the fallen angels (daemons). Satan (often 
spelled Sanat) is described in terms such as "The Lord of the World", 
"The Light", "the fulfillment of all Wisdom", "The Savior", and 
commonly referred to as "The One". Demons are known as the 
Shining Ones, the symbols of wisdom. The Devil is the symbol of 
great strength. Sin is the Sumerian Moon God. All these are 
considered "divine beings", and are often referenced as the Divine 
One(s). 

Many of us who have had occasion to talk with the Jehovah's 
Witnesses, know that they interpret Christ to be "a fulfilled man", just 
as any other man, "a son of God" or God's creation. Unless you 
carefully define the terms while you are talking with them, (such as 
who Christ truly is, and define Who the Holy Spirit is, and so forth) 
you and the Jehovah's Witness or a Mormon, for that matter, will be 
talking about two completely different beings, Christ and Man, but 
using the same terminology, having a completely different 
understanding even when you think you agree! 

Listen to some of the titles of current cults, The Way 
(International), The Divine Light Mission, The Children of God, The 
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emphasize "our Divine Characteristics". Christ is either a fulfilled man, 
or a man who understood God, but not our Lord and Savior. 

Further consider, the new translations are using similar 
terminology for Christ, 'The One", The Light" and so forth. Suddenly 
Christ is identified by the cults as Satan or some pagan God, in many 
passages of the Scripture. Certainly we recognize whom the 
Scripture is talking about, because we have a background of 
understanding. But look into the future, as false cults and eastern 
teachings become more prevalent. Will the doctrinal theology as we 
understand it in the scriptures stand up, or will it be confused in light of 
the "new-up-to-date terminology" where Christ is identified as "the 
One". I see numerous opportunities for confusion and consequential 
changes to fundamental beliefs, understandings, and doctrines. 

Often as we read, we seldom consider the significance of certain 
words. Two words commonly used are "A" and "The". We seldom 
think of the significance of these two words. But consider the 
difference between "a" son of God, and "the" son of God. "A" son of 
God can be any human (especially those of the Eastern Religions, 
and Cultists) whereas "the" son of God narrows the understanding of 
the individual as being our Lord and Savior. "A" gospel is one of 
many, "The" Gospel is specific and numerous times these changes 
have been made in the some new versions. 

The NIV is clear of this specific change, although in a number of 
places the Gospel has been changed to "good news". The change to 
"good news" the primary meaning of Gospel, to me, loses in part, the 
meaning of "God's Word", a meaning Gospel has acquired since its 
translation into English. However when I look at its translation in 
Strong's Concordance, the root Greek word means "Good News", so I 
cannot necessarily fault this translation change, even with the loss of 
meaning of God's Good News. 

At what point do we become alarmed? How much liberty and 
latitude should the new versions of Scripture be given? Are they 
reliable? Likely we each have different answers to these questions. I 
have personally come to the point of viewing the New Versions as 
Scripture or the KJV as Scripture, but not both. There is too much 
difference and contradiction in theology between the two for both to be 
reliable. To me the KJV is much more cohesive. We speak of minor 
translation errors, and interpretation errors in the KJV, however, I find 
a consistent theology throughout the KJV. In the NIV I do not find 
consistent theology, and there are numerous places I see 
contradictions to the overall Scripture teachings,, i.e., the Theology of 
Self later in this article. 

I would like to point out that my comparisons are going to be 



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limited to the NiV as it is the most commonly accepted of the new 
versions. Also, be aware that there are different revisions of the NIV 
which may read differently. 

to be continued 
Brother Rudy Shaffer 



CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP AND BROTHERHOOD 

Acts 2:46-47, "And they, continuing daily with one accord in the 
temple, and breaking of bread from house to house, did eat their meat 
with gladness and singleness of heart, Praising God, and having favor 
with all people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as 
should be saved." 

Quote from FRUIT OF THE VINE A History of the Brethren 1708- 
1995 by Donald F. Durnbaugh. "...Brethren were very concerned with 
the unity of the body, and this could only be maintained, they 
believed, by loving church discipline. This concern had been present 
at the very beginning of the movement." Discipline was also 
exercised over cases of slave holding, military involvement, and 
heretical teachings, to name some of the most grievous infractions." 

There are two errors that appear to be growing in acceptance 
within the earthly church as a whole. The first of these is that doctrine 
is divisive and should be avoided at all cost. The second related error 
is that all church discipline is a form of legalism and will result in the 
downfall of the church if enforced. We are persuaded that these two 
errors have helped to bring confusion within the Church, rather than 
the alleged unity, and has broken down true Christian fellowship and 
brotherhood. 

Holy Scripture informs us time and time again that the first 
century Church strove to be in one accord. It also clearly indicates 
that this was not always accomplished. There are even examples 
given when the apostles themselves were not in complete agreement. 
We believe all disagreements were settled by what the early Brethren 
called "common consent." That is everyone finally agreed on the 
same thing. To do this meant that someone had to either change or 
negotiate his opinion. 

The breaking of bread from house to house may have been in 
conjunction with the worship service, since the first services were held 
on Sunday in the homes as well as meeting in the temple on 
Saturdays. However, the opening verses speak of a daily meeting. 
This would appear to be before communal living was established (and 
later disbanded). While the Brethren are noted for fellowship at such 
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fellowship enjoyed by the first century Church. 

That they ate their meat with gladness and singleness of heart 
speaks of a brotherhood as well as Christian fellowship. The first 
century Church, like the early Brethren, was very concerned with the 
unity of the body. Church history records that groups with false 
doctrines were present almost from the very start of the Christian 
church. The Bible records those who opposed the teachings of the 
apostles. If the mind of the modern Church would have been present, 
acceptance of these heretical groups would have been sought after 
rather than the stern warnings given against them. We would add a 
word of caution here. It is possible that we can become judgmental to 
the point where we are "playing God." We are persuaded that we 
must leave those who do not agree with the Brethren understanding 
of Scripture on matters not considered to be cardinal doctrines in the 
hands of God. However, we are just as convinced that our Brethren 
understanding of Scripture is the same understanding found in the 
first Century Church. 

The Christian fellowship and brotherhood was brought to its 
zenith by praising God. In the eyes of many, the first century Church 
may seem to have been over-emotional. When Alexander Mack and 
Hockmann Von Hochenau were asked to describe their meetings, 
part of the response was as follows. "After they have read, they fall to 
their knees, raise their hands to God, and pray for their authorities 
that God might move them to punish the evil and protect the good. 
Then they praise God that He has created them for this purpose." 

The fact that the first century Christians had favor with all people 
does not mean that everyone appreciated what they believed in or 
stood for since persecution was their lot from the very beginning. But 
when you stand for truth most people will respect that, even your 
enemies. 

True Christian fellowship and brotherhood will result in converts. 
But it will only be those "such as should be saved." Those with truly 
repentant hearts who desire to become a part of this spiritual family. 

Brother James M. Hite 
816 E. Birch St. 
Palmyra, PA 17078-2704 



FROM THE BRETHREN HYMNAL 

Hymn #308 
I DO BELIEVE 
Father, I stretch my hands to thee, 
No other help I know, 



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If thou withdraw thyself from me, 

Ah, whither shall I go? 
We have often told on these pages why we write, and why we 
speak the things spoken of in the scriptures. It is because we love 
the souls of men. We know that no one loves the souls of men like 
Jesus, and we try to point others to Him. We can spend our time in 
worldly entertainment, and we can read books that do little for our 
soul, but if you want edification and spiritual strength, nothing, short of 
the scriptures, will lift you up than the hymns of the saints. My 
favorites are Isaac Watts, Fanny Crosby, P. P. Bliss, and Charles 
Wesley, the author of the hymn before us. 

Wesley's hymns do not waste words. This one, one of his best, 
tells of his utter hopelessness without God. Reading this hymn 
reminds one of Job as he called out to God in utter hopelessness, not 
knowing where else to turn. Also we think of Peter who spoke from 
his heart when Jesus asked if the disciples would also leave Him. 
Peter said, "Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of 
eternal life." (John 6:68) 

Author of faith, to thee I lift 

My weary, longing eyes; 

O let me now receive that gift! 

My soul, without it, dies. 
There is indeed nowhere else to go. All the religions of this world 
offer no hope to their believers because none have a leader who 
came back from the dead. The riches of this world do not satisfy, 
because all wealth does in most cases is foster greed for more. 
Satisfaction only comes when the soul has made its peace with God 
and is assured of its heavenly destination. 

What did thine only Son endure, 

Before I drew my breath? 

What pain, what labor to secure 

My soul from second death? 
We cannot fathom the sacrifice of Christ. The love expressed to 
us in God giving up His only Son is impossible for our minds to 
comprehend. But we can try. This the author of this hymn did, and 
so must we. We must keep it ever before us. We must realize that 
this, the ultimate of sacrifices, was made for us. What a wonderful, 
sincere, all-encompassing Love this is! What a crime not to share this 
with the world! 

Brother Lynn H. Miller 
RD2 Box 561 
Newmanstown, PA 17073 






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SIXTY YEARS AGO 

February 15, 1937 

AVAILING PRAYER 

B. E. Kesler 

Prayer has been defined as 'The soul's sincere desire, unuttered 
or expressed." But to be effective, it, as all other acts of the Christian 
must be in harmony with Bible teaching. We are told, 'The effectual, 
fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much." From this we learn 
prayer may avail. 

On a certain occasion when Jesus was teaching on prayer, He 
gave the disciples a model prayer and said, "After this manner 
therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven," and so forth. On 
another occasion when He was praying, His disciples asked Him to 
teach them to pray as John also taught his disciples. "And He said 
unto them, when ye pray say, Our Father which art in heaven." From 
this we learn our Lord taught this prayer twice which emphasizes its 
importance, and enjoins the use of it. 

Prayer then, can be taught and learned, just as any other act of 
obedience. And when we familiarize ourselves with its wording, it is 
easy to obey in this matter. Just how often we are to use this prayer 
is optional with us. Custom says use it in the opening and closing of 
our services, which is appropriate, at least; and meets the 
requirements of scripture teaching on its use. 

As to the nature of prayer it should consist in prayers, 
supplications, intercessions, and giving of thanks; and in its scope, be 
"for all men; for kings, and for rulers, and for all that are in authority." 

And should include the fatherless, the widows, orphans, and the 
poor and needy, with all the unsaved; and especially God's children. 
Prayer should be made for all Christian endeavor also, and 
specifically for the ministry and the work of the church in general. 

In manner prayer should be "with the spirit, and with the 
understanding also." The spirit of humility, reverence and devotion, 
should be manifest in prayer. And in addition thought, meditation and 
study should be given to prayer. Mere repetition of words, or formal 
repetition of a stereotype form of prayer is not prayer. Unuttered 
prayer may be more effective than uttered prayer if it is in harmony 
with the Spirit, which "maketh intercession for us with groanings which 
cannot be uttered." Then too, prayer to be availing, must be 
persistent. Importunity is an essential characteristic of prayer. The 
"borrowed loaves" explains this. Not that the Father doesn't know our 
wants and needs, but to show our sincerity and earnestness. 

Faith is an indispensable element in prayer. For "without faith it is 
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pray for. This can be done only when we are governed by the 
conditions that enter into effectual prayer. 

When these conditions are met, we may confidently expect 
results to follow. Then "if we ask we shall receive, if we seek, we 
shall find, and if we knock it shall be opened unto us." Then "the 
prayer of faith shall save the sick," and other desires will be met. The 
answer may not come in our way but in a better one. Every sincere 
prayer offered in harmony with God's will, will be answered; and 
"whatsoever we ask of him, we receive, because we keep his 
commandments and do those things that are pleasing in his sight." 

"Ye ask and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may 
consume it upon your lusts." Prayer to promote sinister motives, or 
pecuniary and selfish interests, will not be answered and should not 
be. But when we can unreservedly say, "not my will, but thine be 
done," we may be assured we will get the right answer. In our anxiety 
to accomplish a certain desire, we may overlook the conditions 
necessary to make our prayer avail. In such cases, we may not 
expect an answer. 

"Pray without ceasing," does not mean, pray without cessation. It 
is well to have stated times for prayer, but we are not supposed to be 
praying all the time. We have to give time to other affairs of life, as 
well as to prayer. Daniel was a praying man, but he had his time for it 
- "three times a day." Jesus and Paul were praying men, but they 
prayed as occasion impressed them. So we may "pray without 
ceasing" and not be praying all the time. 

The blunt and abrupt change from the general, to the Lord's 
prayer so noticeable in some, may be overcome by a little thought 
and attention. Some connecting clauses of this nature: "This we ask 
in the name of Him who taught us to say, Our Father which art in 
heaven, and so forth, or in whose name we call thee our Father, and 
so forth, or at whose command we call thee Our Father, or still, in 
whose name we look to thee as Our Father, and so forth," may be 
used. Then too, the use of the Lord's prayer may be improved and 
made more impressive by quoting it verbatim. It is hardly to be 
expected we may improve on our Lord's own wording of it. We 
should be as careful to quote the Lord correctly in this, as in any other 
of His words. 

TORREON MISSION NOTES 

PERSPECTIVE FROM A HIGH MOUNTAIN 
One of the highest points (over 12,000 feet above sea level) in 
Navajoland is Mount Taylor. Standing at the peak of the mountain 
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the reservation can be seen from that point, including Torreon, Ant 
Hill and surrounding areas. Within the area that can be seen from 
this mountain lies the Eastern Navajo Agency which is the home of 
around 27,000 Navajos. (From Navajo Nation FAX Book, 1988.) 

Considering the practice of native ceremonies, witchcraft and 
traditions that still hold strong powers over the people that live there, 
we can only say that it has been and still is one of the strongholds of 
Satan. 

At another time in history, two men stood in the stronghold of 
Satan at Gilgal. (Joshua and Caleb.) That land was also a bulwark of 
idolatry under evil kings who succeeded Jeroboam. Joshua's 
observation was, "...there remaineth yet very much land to be 
possessed." Caleb's response was, "Now therefore give me this 
mountain..." 

As we survey the great task of taking the gospel to those who live 
in Satan's domain, will we flee saying there are giants in the land or 
will we with Joshua and Caleb say, "...give me this mountain..." 

Brother David Skiles 



ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS FOR MARCH 1997 

March 2 - The Value Of Godliness With Contentment - 1 Timothy 6:1-1 1 . 

1 . How does being discontented affect our Godliness? 

2. Why does covetousness bring sorrow instead of happiness? 
March 9 - Laying Hold Of Eternal Life - I Timothy 6:12-21. 

1 . What was Paul referring to when he said, "Keep this 

commandment without spot, unrebukeable"? 

2. Paul said we should be rich in what? 

March 16 - The Purpose In God's Calling - II Timothy 1:1-18. 

1 . For what purpose has God called us? 

2. From where does the spirit come? 

March 23 - A Good Soldier Of Jesus Christ - II Timothy 2:1-14. 

1 . What "hardness" should we endure as a good soldier of Jesus 

Christ. 

2. Explain, "If we be dead with Him, we shall also live with Him." 

March 30 - The Resurrection - Matthew 28:1-20. 

1 . For what purpose was the stone rolled back from the door of 

the sepulchre? 

2. Why did Jesus go into Galilee after His resurrection? 



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YOUNG PEOPLES SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS 
FOR MARCH 1997 

March 2 - Consecration - Phil. 3:1-14, Rom. 12:1-2. 

1 . How can our bodies be a sacrifice while we are living? 

2. Explain the difference between conformed and transformed. 
March 9 - Does It Pay To Pray? - I Sam. 1 ;27, Matt. 6:5-13, Acts 4:31 , 

Ps. 91:15. 

1 . How can we determine whether we are truly praying or only 

offering vain repetition. 

2. Why are we commanded to ask God for our needs when He 

already knows what we need? 
March 16 - The Beatitudes - Matt. 5:1-12, Luke 6:20-23. 

1 . What does the word "Beatitudes" mean? 

2. List each condition mentioned and the blessing Jesus said 

would accompany it. 
March 23 - Goals - Phil. 3:1-14, Matt. 25:1-13. 

1 . What was Paul's goal for his life? 

2. What was the goal of the five wise virgins? The five foolish 

virgins? 
March 30 - The Resurrection - Matt. 28:1-20. 

1 . Why did Jesus allow the angel to announce His resurrection to 

the women before showing Himself unto them? 

2. Why did the Jewish leaders want to silence the Roman soldiers 

regarding their experience at Jesus' tomb? 



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VOL. LXXV 



MARCH 1, 1997 



NO. 5 



"For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



OUR WATCHWORD: Go into all 
the world and preach the gospel. 



OUR AIM: Be it our aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith*and obedience. 



THY PRESENCE, GRACIOUS GOD AFFORD 

Thy presence, gracious God afford; 
Prepare us to receive thy Word; 
Now let thy voice engage our ear, 
And faith be mixed with what we hear. 

Distracting tho'ts and cares remove, 
And fix our hearts and hopes above; 
With food divine may we be fed, 
And satisfied with living bread. 

To us thy sacred Word apply, 
With sov'reign pow'r and energy, 
And may we, in thy faith and fear, 
Reduce to practice what we hear. 



Father, in us thy Son reveal; 
Teach us to know and do thy will; 
Thy saving pow'r and love display, 
And guide us to the realms of day. 

-John Fawcett 



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SIX DAYS 

A question that bothers many Christians is, "How should a Christian 
use Sunday?" How many of the laws applying to the Old Testament 
sabbath apply to the Christian's day of worship? There were stringent 
laws concerning the use of the sabbath. The Church has been 
reluctant to make a list of approved and unapproved activities for the 
Christian on Sunday. There is a realization that circumstances might 
make some rules unfair and others useless. 

The resurrection of Jesus upon the first day of the week made it 
special. No longer would men end their week by giving God the last 
day of their week, now they would begin their week by setting aside the 
first day for His honor. How could they best honor Him on that day? 
God had set apart the seventh day as the day of rest and worship in 
commemoration of His rest following the creation of the world. He 
wanted men to follow His example. (We have a similar example in the 
New Testament when the sinless Jesus demanded that John the 
Baptist baptize Him as an example for all.) The day of rest, the 
sabbath, on the seventh day celebrated God's creation of Adam. The 
Christian sabbath, the first day, celebrates the Spiritual re-creation 
possible through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, the Second Adam. 

There were serious penalties for those who broke the laws 
concerning the sabbath. With all the laws and penalties concerning 
keeping the sabbath, there soon arose a feeling that the keeping of 
these laws was more important than the principle behind the laws. The 
day was not kept as a time of worship but only to fulfill their legal 
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regulations. There will be no realization of the Spiritual principle behind 
the requirements. Laws kept merely for the sake of law-keeping soon 
become totally disregarded. The law will be a dead letter instead of an 
encouragement to follow deeper Spiritual lessons. 

The Church has recognized that there are necessary labors that 
must be performed, even on Sunday. Farmers must take care of their 
animals. Health care providers must care for their patients. There are 
other occupations of equal importance. At the same time, there are 
many using the day by not honoring God or tending to any necessary 
activity. There are businesses that could just as well be closed this one 
day. The pursuit of the last dollar possible has dulled the minds of 
many businessmen. They fear they could not conduct a profitable 
business unless they stayed open on Sunday. 

Sunday is not only misused as a day for normal business activity, it 
is abused as a day for recreation. In concept, recreation is for the 
restoring of the body and mind by providing a diversion from the usual 
activities of life. Recreation now flourishes on Sunday. These 
organized, recreational activities often include the sponsorship and 
advertising of alcoholic beverages. 

How many Christians attend, support and participate in these 
recreational events? Is their involvement consistent with the purposes 
of the day? Is there not enough business and recreation on the other 
six days of the week? It would hardly seem necessary to be involved in 
these unnecessary activities on the one day set aside for rest and 
worship. How many Christians are absent from stated worship services 
because of their attendance at these functions? When a final account 
is taken of the Christian's life and influence for good, how will his 
indulgence in these activities be regarded? 

When God delivered the Ten Commandments to Moses, He gave 
fuller explanations of the first four Commandments, which covered a 
person's relationship with God. The fourth Commandment was to keep 
the day of rest a holy day. It was not to be used for ordinary purposes. 
Man had been given six days to labor in business or recreation. He 
needed to come apart, rest and worship, rather than continue the same 
activities. 

This day of rest has been proven physically beneficial for humans. 
The human body can perform at its best for six days. When required to 
do more, the lack of rest and refreshment of mind causes a breakdown 
in the body's ability to cope with the stress and strains of life. God does 
know what is best for people, not only Spiritually, but physically as well. 

Is Sunday just another day? Is it special in how it is to be observed? 
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keep it holy. It tends to a person's physical and mental well-being. 
More importantly, it improves the Spiritual lives of those who take 
seriously the purpose for which it was given. 

How do you use Sunday? To God's glory or according to your own 

design? 

M.C.Cook 

THE ABIDING 

I Cor. 13:13, "And now abideth faith, hope, chanty, these three; but 
the greatest of these is charity." 

I began with the thought of these three virtues, but first I would like to 
look at the thought of abiding. The dictionary gives these definitions, 
among others: "To wait patiently for", "to withstand", "persevere under", 
"to remain in one place or state", "to continue", "endure", "to dwell or 
sojourn". 

The Apostle uses the term here to indicate that these three things 
cannot be changed or destroyed. God abideth. Gen. 1:1, "In the 
beginning God created the heaven and the earth." Gen. 17:1, "And 
when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the Lord appeared to 
Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and 
be thou perfect." Ex. 3:14, "And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I 
AM: and he said, Thus, shall thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM 
hath sent me unto you." Mai. 3:6, "For I am the Lord, I change not; 
therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed." II Tim. 2:13, "If we 
believe not, yet he abideth faithful: He cannot deny himself." 

His word abideth forever. Psa. 1 19:89, "For ever, O Lord, thy word is 
settled in heaven." Mark 13:31 and Luke 21:33, "Heaven and earth 
shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away." I Pet. 1 :23, "Being 
born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of 
God, which livefh and abideth for ever." Please read Heb. 12:18-29 
taking note of verses 25-29. 

Who may abide? Malachi asks the question. Mai. 3:2, "But who 
may abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he 
appeareth? for he is like a refiner's fire, and like fullers' soap:" Psa. 
15:1-5, "Lord, who shall abide in thy tabernacle? who shall dwell in thy 
holy hill? He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and 
speaketh the truth in his heart. He that backbiteth not with his tongue, 
nor doeth evil to his neighbour, nor taketh up a reproach against his 
neighbour. In whose eyes a vile person is contemned; but he 
honoureth them that fear the Lord. He that sweareth to his own hurt, 
and changeth not. He that putteth not out his money to usury, nor 



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taketh reward against the innocent. He that doeth these things shall 
never be moved." Psa. 91 :1 , "He that dwelleth in the secret place of the 
most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty." Prov. 19:23, 
"The fear of the Lord tendeth to life: and he that hath it shall abide 
satisfied; he shall not be visited with evil." John 15:4-7, "Abide in me, 
and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in 
the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are 
the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth 
forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. If a man abide not in 
me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, 
and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. If ye abide in me, and 
my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done 
unto you." I John 2:6, "He that saith he abideth in him ought himself 
also so to walk, even as he walked." II John 9 "Whosoever 
transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. 
He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and 
the Son." 

May God bless you all. 

Brother William Carpenter 

AN OBJECTIVE LOOK AT ENVIRONMENTALISM 

Psalm 24:1, "The earth is the LORD'S, and the fullness thereof; the 
world and they that dwell therein." 

During the 1950's, a new concern entered into the work of the 
earthly church. Orators and writers began to dwell on the preservation 
of our earthly resources. 

Strangely enough, about the same time, Biblical issues were being 
ignored, challenged or re-interpreted. Society was moving toward a 
time of new enlightenment and understanding. The rules for moral 
accountability were quickly taking new twists and curves. 

Television was becoming a common entertainment center in the 
home. To compete Hollywood began a rigorous movement to make 
their movies more "true to life." Self-imposed and government codes 
became more and more lenient. In a few short years, television met the 
challenge and became raunchier and raunchier. At this time a truly 
amazing thing took place. Fewer and fewer churches objected to 
members attending Hollywood movies. Only a few denominations and 
independent groups urged their members not to have television in their 
homes. 

What was once considered pornography became regular viewing 
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the commercials contained questionable content. Other types of 
advertisements quickly followed suit. Today, advertisements in 
newspapers, magazines and billboards contain pictures that at one time 
would have been ruled indecent. 

While all of this was taking place a great concern was being 
expressed about the preservation of animal life, rivers, lakes and 
streams and the environment in general. Truly Romans 1:25 was 
becoming a reality in our day. "Who changed the truth of God into a lie, 
and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is 
blessed for ever, Amen." 

About the same time as this new emphasis concerning the 
preservation of earthly resources, a new understanding of end time 
prophecy was being espoused by both liberal and conservative 
proponents. II Peter 3:10-11, "But the day of the Lord will come as a 
thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great 
noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and 
the works that are therein shall be burned up. Seeing then that all 
these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be 
in all holy conversation and godliness.", was no longer taken literally. 
The teaching of a general resurrection was discarded and challenged 
by many who formerly taught it as Scriptural truth. Soon, many were 
teaching that the earth would not be destroyed but renovated. 
Revelation 21:1 still reads, "And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: 
for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away,..." 

Without taking away from the concern we have addressed, we 
wonder if perhaps the pendulum has not swung to the opposite 
extreme. In embracing a literal six day creation in place of humanistic 
or theistic evolution we affirm the truth that "the earth is the Lord's and 
the fullness thereof." If this is Scriptural truth then we should be 
concerned about God's creation. Just as we can not deny our peace 
position because it has been adopted by some false cults and distorted 
by advocates of political pacifism, we can not refuse to share our 
concern about the preservation of God's gifts of earth's resources to us 
because it has been made into a false worship. 

What we do have to avoid is the inconsistencies of popular teaching 
today. To be more concerned about whales or seals than human 
babies is ludicrous. It is almost unbelievable that some who protested 
the game shooting of pigeons spoke out in favor of abortion! While we 
should be concerned about the proper use of the land God has 
provided for the growing of crops, we should be more concerned about 
the fertile minds of our young people which are being destroyed by 
drugs, unscriptural sex and other aberrations. While the pollution of the 



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water God has given us is a valid concern, the pollution of the temple of 

God, our bodies, must be given preferential concern. 

The concern about our environment will not help to save one soul 

from the horrors of Hell, which is also being challenged today. If your 

life is filled with the filth of sin, the blood of Christ can cleanse you and 

make you a part of God's new kingdom with all purity. 

Brother James M. Hite 
816 E. Birch St. 
Palmyra, PA 17078-2704 

NEW VERSION THEOLOGY 

Continued from February 15, 1997 Issue 

The scriptures I have looked at are difficult at times to classify into 
similar groupings. Also to shorten the length of the article, I have taken 
the liberty (and risk of your disagreement) to shorten some of the 
verses when I felt little understanding would be lost. 

Let us look at some of the theology that we hold and understand, but 
remember this is just a sampling of many changes in theology. 
The Theology of Fasting and Prayer 

We feel that prayer is important to each Christian. In addition, we 
feel that our prayer, spiritual life and understanding are enhanced by 
fasting. KJV: Mt.17:21 and similarly Mk.9:29, "Howbeit this kind goeth 
not out but by prayer and fasting." NIV: Mt.17:21 deletes the entire 
verse inferring prayer and fasting are not important. NIV: Mk.9:29, "He 
replied, This kind can come out only by prayer." Failure is apparently 
only because of a lack of faith in Mt. 17:20. There is no pointing to a 
remedy for a shortfall of faith. Obviously prayer only is important, but 
fasting is unimportant. 

KJV: Mk.13:33, "Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not 
when the time is." NIV: "Be on guard! Be alert! You do not know when 
that time will come." Being on guard and alert, does not mean one is in 
prayer or watchful for the coming events prophesied by the scriptures. 
KJV: II Cor.6:5, "In stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labours, in 
watchings, in fastings;" NIV: "In beatings, imprisonments and riots; in 
hard work, sleepless nights and hunger;" Certainly we are hungry 
when we fast, but is there a reason to hunger (fast) or is it not 
important? 

KJV: II Cor.11:27, "In weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, 
in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness." NIV: "I 
have labored and toiled and have often gone without sleep; I have 
known hunger and thirst and have often gone without food; I have been 
cold and naked." Was Paul deprived of food (a possibility in Acts 



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16:25-34), or was he short on funds so that he could not buy food, or 
was there some other problem? Nothing is said about Paul fasting. 

KJV: Acts 10:30, "And Cornelius said, Four days ago I was fasting 
until this hour; and at the ninth hour I prayed in my house, and behold, 
a man stood before me in bright clothing." NIV: "Cornelius answered: 
Four days ago I was in my house praying at this hour, at three in the 
afternoon. Suddenly a man..." Again no mention of fasting. 

KJV: I Cor. 7:5, "Defraud ye not one the other, except it be with 
consent for a time, that ye may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; 
and come together again, that Satan tempt you not for your 
incontinency." NIV: "Do not deprive each other except by mutual 
consent and for a time, so that you may devote yourselves to prayer. 
Then come together..." Again no mention of fasting. Fasting is 
primarily mentioned in the NIV when Jesus was tempted, and when 
Jesus spoke about fasting, but examples of the brethren fasting are 
deleted as shown above. 

The Theology of God 

We believe that God is Triune, God the Father, The Son - Christ 
Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. But in the NIV it has become the Christ of 
"The One". When we read the verses below, remember we are 
acquainted with the Scripture, but adherents of Eastern religions and 
Cults believe man becomes God. Many believe 'The One" is "Lucifer, 
the bright and morning star" which is not according to scripture. 

KJV: John 6:69, "And we believe and are sure that thou art that 
Christ, the Son of the living God. NIV: "We believe and know that you 
are the Holy One of God." Holy One.. .One (sexless) meaning One 
God. ..or the Holy One of many Gods or Christ Jesus? Nothing is said 
about Him being the Son of God or being Christ Jesus. Yet, in I Peter 
2:6 "the one" who trusts in him will never be put to shame. Is "the one", 
man or Christ? 

KJV: Mk. 12:32, "And the scribe said unto him, Well, Master, thou 
hast said the truth: for there is one God; and there is none other but 
he:" NIV: "Well said, teacher," the man replied. "You are right in saying 
that God is one and there is no other but him." "God is one", precludes 
the Trinity, as such there is no other, no Saviour or Holy Spirit. 

KJV: John 1:18, "No man hath seen God at any time; the only 
begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father he hath declared 
him." NIV: "No one has ever seen God, but God the One and Only, 
who is at the Father's side, has made him known." Does "no one" 
include the heavenly beings? This would say to me, if God the one and 
only is Christ, and that He and He only has seen God, not even the 
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here when in the previous verse it is stated that God is one. Is God "the 
One" or is Christ God "the One"? The KJV is criticized for being 
confusing, but this is more confusing than how the KJV states it here. 

KJV: Mt.19:17, "And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? 
There is none good but one, that is, God: but if thou wilt enter into life, 
keep the commandments." NIV: "Why do you ask me about what is 
good? Jesus replied. There is only One who is good. If you want to 
enter life, obey the commandments." Who is the "One" who is good? 
Depending on your orientation, it can be God, Jesus, Man or even 
Satan. Instead of improving clarity as to whom he is speaking about, it 
becomes even more unclear. From reading we would surmise it is not 
Jesus as he was talking about another One. Yet, in the NIV, "the One" 
is often Jesus! Confusing! 

KJV: Mr.23:8, "But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, 
even Christ; and all ye are brethren." NIV: "But you are not to be called 
Rabbi, for you have only one Master and you are all brothers." We only 
have one master. Who is it? The boss, our husband, or our wife? 
Again this is unclear. In the KJV there is one who is their master, 
Christ, not ONE MASTER. We may have many earthly masters, but 
Christ is our supreme master. Another loss of clarity. 

KJV: III John 1:7, "Because that for his name's sake they went forth, 
taking nothing of the Gentiles." NIV: "It was for the sake of the Name 
that they went out, receiving no help from the pagans." Who is the 
person or God of "the Name" (Christ's name is not even mentioned in III 
John). Also, the term "pagans" could possibly include unbelieving, 
reprobate Jews. 

KJV: Acts 22:16, "And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be baptized, 
and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord." NIV: "And 
now what are you waiting for? Get up, be baptized and wash your sins 
away, calling on his name." Call on his name. Whose name? A 
common person?. To the adherent of a cult or some Eastern Religion, 
who is the Righteous One referred to previously in verse 14, Christ or 
Satan? Or is it referring to the Lord's name? 

There are many more scriptures one could reference on this subject. 
When we realize that "The One" can be Lucifer, and Christ is often 
changed to "The One" in the NIV, one begins to question whom we are 
worshipping. Further, the term Christ is "any fulfilled person" in many 
Eastern religions and the cults. If One takes time to search the 
Scriptures, many times "Lord", "Jesus", "Savior" and other identifying 
titles are being dropped and only "Christ" is retained. To have a One 
World Religion needs a Common Belief. We now have a common 
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we are approaching a common scripture terminology. 

KJV: I John 5:7, Tor there are three that bear record in heaven, the 
Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one." NIV: 
"For there are three that testify: (then directly to Vs. 8 Spirit, Water and 
Blood.)" Is the witness of the Trinity in heaven not important? 

KJV: Acts 8:10, 'To whom they all gave heed, from the least to the 
greatest, saying, This man is the great power of God. NIV: "And all the 
people, both high and low, gave him their attention and exclaimed, This 
man is the divine power known as the Great Power." I understand the 
power of God, but not the divine power known as the Great Power. 
Whose power? This sounds confusing to me, and the purpose of the 
NIV is to clarify! (Satan is considered divine in many false religions!) 

To be continued . 
Brother Rudy Shaffer 

DO YOU TRULY LOVE GOD? 

Do you truly love God? Or is what you call "loving God" merely self- 
deception? It is in your own interest that you always should be 
appraising your personal relationship with God. When judgment 
comes, you are not going to be judged as a family or church member, 
to whom we may have passed some of our spiritual responsibilities. 
You shall be judged alone, by yourself. 

We, frequently should consider the first and most important 
Commandment, and reflect upon what it requires of each of us. Just 
because we attend church services, contribute a few dollars to the 
church, and recite a brief daily prayer, which is often little more than a 
petition for the things we want, does not mean that we "Love the Lord, 
our God, with our whole heart, our whole mind, and our whole soul." 
Such a relationship requires much more than a passive relationship! 
The First Commandment means, very literally, what it says. It calls 
each of us to be involved in an intimate and loving relationship with 
God. 

While studying the Scripture is a rewarding activity, it is simply 
learning about God, which is very different from being involved with 
God in an intense relationship and expressing our love. 

Most of us should reevaluate our love affair with God, if indeed we 
have one to reevaluate. Many devout people have learned, through 
long experience, that such a relationship requires a full hour a day, 
alone in the presence of God. This time of devotion may well include 
personal prayer and adoration, the deep contemplation of your love for 
God, and his love for each one of us. There should be some prayerful 
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sense of direction for our lives. If you will dedicate your life to doing 
God's will, be quiet and listen, the Holy Spirit will change your life. You 
will discover that it is indeed possible to meditate on your love of God 
for one hour, because the Holy Spirit will be there with you r lovingly 
holding your hand. He is your guide and comforter. 

Thinking yourself too busy for God is a serious symptom of your 
great need to develop a personal loving relationship with God. Has not 
the Lord given you twenty-four hours today? Are you so foolish, as to 
think, that you can not return just one of those hours to Him? Is there 
so little gratitude in your heart? 

May our Lord bless and inspire you. 

Brother Allen Smith 
900 West Main Street 
Ephrata, PA 17522 

FROM THE BRETHREN HYMNAL 

Hymn #299 
FLEE THE DANGER 
Mark 12:34, "...Thou art not far from the kingdom of God. 
It would be a good thing in this day and age to think about the 
purpose of the Church. Why are we here? Why does God leave us 
here after we are saved, rather than calling us home immediately? The 
writers of "Flee the Danger" knew why. Jesus loved the souls of men. 
He knew their weakness. Jesus calls to men today: 

Flee the danger, the danger, 
Oh, enter the haven of rest; 
Flee the danger, to Jesus return, 
Oh, come, and forever be blest. 
In the scripture text Jesus was speaking to a man who was very 
close to salvation. This is the time the devil is trying to divert your 
attention. The power of the tempter grows stronger. Do not delay. 
God's pleading you soon may not hear. I have said it before on these 
pages, and it can be said again: if yoy meet Jesus, you will never be 
the same afterward, whether you are converted or not. You never go 
away from Him the same. If you take Him as your Lord and Saviour, 
He will renew you daily. He will give you peace and joy and happiness: 
joy unspeakable and full of glory! You will have a witness of His 
goodness to share with the world. 

But if you reject Him, and act not upon His pleadings, and turn your 
back on His gentle entreaty, your life will be most miserable. Those 
who turn away from God do so at a maddening pace, their life filled with 
sin in an effort to drown out the call of the Holy Ghost, or with searching 



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in an effort to hear the call again which ceased. Eve partook of the 
forbidden fruit while the Words of God rang in her ears. Flee the 
danger! Do not let Satan get the advantage! Do not heed him! Enter 
the Haven of Rest. When a person is drowning he often struggles 
against the one who is trying to save him. In a similar fashion, one that 
God is trying to save often struggles against the Saviour. Relax and 
stop struggling with God. He only seeks your well-being. Heed the 
words of the song writer: 

The Savior is earnestly calling, 
In accents so tender and strong. 
Oh, can you resist all his pleadings, 
Or slight offered mercy too long? 
The day of Grace is soon coming to an end. God said in Genesis 
6:3, "My spirit shall not always strive with man." All you need to do is 
ask someone who has heard the call of God but rejected Him, and how 
God is silent. 

Flee the danger! Enter the haven of rest! 

Brother Lynn H. Miller 
RD2 Box 561 
Newmanstown, PA 17073 

SIXTY YEARS AGO 

March 1, 1937 
PEACE THROUGH THE BLOOD OF HIS CROSS 
J. H. Beer 
(Col. 1:19-20) "For it pleased the Father that in Him should all 
fullness dwell. And having made peace through the blood of his cross, 
by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they 
be things in earth, or things in heaven." The age in which we are living 
is a boastful age, prone to exalt the power of human genius, human 
inventions and human capability without recognizing the power and 
authority of God. Without God we get nowhere on the highway of real 
success. God has given us proof of wisdom and love in the providing 
of the sacrifice of his only begotten Son for the sin of the world. Now, if 
we reject the blood of Christ, and then exploit one's own proud 
schemes of social betterment, exterior improvements and humanitarian 
sympathy, we must fail. What would you think of a railroad engineer 
who would say that he was so well skilled and so capable as to how to 
run it, and that his capability brought him such a good salary, that he 
knew better than the year-men, train dispatchers how to run his engine. 
The engineer sees a red flag down the track, but he decides to 



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disregard it, for he knows so much more than those train dispatchers 
about running the engine why should he submit his superior skill to 
those reds on the track. He decides to disregard the red altogether. Is 
not his hand on the throttle, and is not his superior skill of more value 
than these rules of railroading? The train is a heavy one, loaded with 
human freight, but he pushes right on past the red flag and into an open 
drawbridge — a hundred people are killed. 

That engineer had better not have been so skillful and drawn less 
pay, and put his work in breaking that locomotive into scrap iron with a 
sledge hammer, than to have disregarded that signal. His whole fund 
of knowledge and skill made him a dangerous man when he 
disregarded the rules. 

"Running Past Calvary." Men who today advocate the application of 
human skill, and human resources for the cure of human ills and sins 
are disregarding the "red." It is the red of Calvary. People may be 
persuaded to join the church by the appeal made in behalf of 
civilization, education, and social uplift, rather than come as sinners to 
accept the Savior. But from the very churches they join they will fall into 
greater condemnation and at length into destruction, it is the old 
delusion fed by vanity, causing people to pass the red. 

Without the shedding of blood there is no remission. It is the sin of 
Cain still bringing forth destruction. He who knew no sin became sin for 
us. We must deal with the precious blood of Christ. "We were not 
redeemed with silver and gold...," (I Pet. 1:19.) but with the precious 
blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot. (Eph. 
1:7.) In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness 
of sins according to the riches of his grace. (Ex. 12:1-23.) The 
Passover lamb was a type of Christ. When they were to leave Egypt 
they were commanded to sprinkle the sideposts and top post of the 
door with the blood of the lamb for the Lord was to pass through the 
Egyptians that night. Where the blood was applied as directed the Lord 
passed over and they were safe, but there was death in homes of the 
Egyptians, both of man and beast, from the king down. 

You may call this slaughter-house religion if you feel better by doing 
so, but there is one undeniable fact, where the Lord saw the blood 
applied they were saved. This Lamb was a type of Christ, the Lamb of 
God. For even Christ, our passover was sacrificed for us. If we walk in 
the light as He is in the light we have fellowship one with another and 
the blood of Christ cleanseth us from all sin. If you want salvation get 
under the blood. Don't trifle with God's plan. 



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TORREON MISSION NOTES 

GIANTS IN THE LAND 

Wherever the name of Christ is proclaimed, giants will soon show 
their ugly faces to threaten, intimidate and attack the good name of our 
Lord Jesus Christ. Giants are long-lived, many having been around 
since Bible times. 

A local family lost three young children; two with heart defects and 
one with a respiratory problem. In the Navajo way, everything has to be 
explained. Not having Christ as their PROTECTOR and SAVIOUR, it is 
natural for those with a background of superstition and fear to attribute 
the loss of their babies to witch-craft. Knowing the powers of Satan, it 
would be foolish not to consider their reasoning seriously. 

Freedom obtained through a full surrender to Christ not only brings 
one freedom from sin but gives one power to slay the giants of 
superstition and fear. 

However one does not have to be a part of a native culture to be 
attacked by giants. Multitudes who are a part of the American culture 
are falling prey to the giant: greed, materialism and power. 

"Some trust in chariots and some in horses: but we will remember 
the name of the Lord our God." Psalms 20:7. 

■ Brother David Skiles 

OBITUARY 

ELIZABETH ALLTUS 

Sis. Elizabeth (Betty) Alltus was born July 24, 1901, and departed 
this life December 29, 1996, at the age of ninety-five years, five months 
and five days. She was born in the township of Allegheny, 
Pennsylvania. She lived in Modesto, California sixty-six years. 
Elizabeth was the daughter of Samuel Blair and Ella May (Hoover) 
Hoover. 

She is survived by two sons, Vernon Alltus of Modesto, California 
and James Alltus of Sacramento, California; brothers, Elmer Hoover of 
Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania, Orville Hoover and David Hoover of 
Modesto, California and Leslie Hoover of Citrus Heights, California; one 
sister, Mary Clapper of Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania; nine 
grandchildren; twenty-two great grandchildren and ten great-great 
grandchildren. 

Elizabeth was baptized at Gushing, Oklahoma on September 2, 
1913, at the age of twelve years, and became a member of the Church 
of the Brethren. She later transferred her membership to the Pleasant 
Home Dunkard Brethren Church in Modesto, California. 






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Elizabeth was married to Allie Lee Alltus on May 5, 1927. 

Sister Alltus leaves to mourn, her family, friends and members of the 
Church. 

Funeral services were conducted by Elder Hayes Reed assisted by 
Elder Henry Walker. 

NEWS ITEMS 

MINISTERIAL LIST CHANGES 

The new address of Elder Merle Sweitzer is 13227 Fishel Road, 
Felton,PA 17322-8274. His new telephone number is 717-993-2637. 

Brother Dean Shaffer's new address is 1205 Danielle Drive, 
Frederick,MD 21703. His telephone number has been changed to 301- 
682-5236. 

PLEASANT RIDGE, OHIO 

The Lord willing, the Pleasant Ridge Congregation will have Revival 
Meetings, March 21 through 30, with Bro. Kenny Wilkerson as our 
evangelist. We plan to close with a Lovefeast on Saturday, March 29, 
with services beginning at 1 1 :00 A.M. All who can come are welcome 
to worship with us. 

Sister Marjorie Flory, Cor. 

PLEASANT HOME, CALIFORNIA 

The Lord willing, the Fourth District Meeting will be held the weekend 
of March 28 through 30. There will be preaching service on Friday 
evening. 

Then the Business Meeting will be held Saturday morning, with our 
Lovefeast in the evening. 

Sunday morning there is an Easter Sunrise Service, followed by 
regular services. 

We extend a hearty welcome to all who can come and enjoy the 
fellowship and blessings with us. 

Sister Blanche Newman, Cor. 

THANK YOU 

I would like to thank all the Brothers and Sisters who remembered 
me on my "80th" birthday with cards and remembrances. 

Sister Edna M. Flick 



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DIRECTORY OF BOARDS 



BOARD OF TRUSTEES 

Dale E. Jamison, Chairman 
R.1 Box 137 
Quinter, KS 67752 

Dennis St.John, Secretary 
21397-B50 
Bryan, OH 43506 

Warren C.Smith, Treasurer 
26270 Highway 50 
McClave, CO 81057 

GENERAL MISSION 
BOARD 

Fred 0. Pifer, Chairman 
1734 240th Street 
Adel, IA 50003 

Robert Carpenter, Secretary 
R.5 Box 97 
Peru, IN 46970 

Dale E. Jamison, Treasurer 
R.1 Box 137 
Quinter, KS 67752 

Mike Wray 

31111 Combs Avenue 
Escalon, CA 95320 

Rudy Shaffer 
42 Doe Run Road 
Manheim, PA 17545 

Jacob C. Ness 
136 Homeland Road 
York, PA 17403 

Paul Stump 
10340 North Diamond Mill Rd. 
Englewood, OH 45322 

Milton Cook 
1138 E. 12th Street 
Beaumont, CA 92223 

BOARD OF PUBLICATION 

Paul Stump, Chairman 
10340 North Diamond Mill Rd. 
Englewood, OH 45322 



Jacob C. Ness, Secretary 
136 Homeland Road 
York, PA 17403 

H. Edward Johnson, Treasurer 
1307 S.H. 108 
Wauseon, OH 43567 

Fred 0. Pifer 
1734 240th Street 
Adel, IA 50003 

Mike Wray 

31111 Combs Avenue 
Escalon, CA 95320 

BIBLE STUDY BOARD 

James Meyers, Chairman 
2641 205th Street 
Dallas Center, IA 50063 

Dennis St.John, Secretary 

21397 County Road B50 

Bryan, OH 43506 
Rick St. John, Treasurer 

2578 County Road 20-2 

Archbold, OH 43502 
Marlin Marks 

3027 Acorn Lane 

Red Lion, PA 17356 
Mark Cordrey 

4025 Woodland Avenue 

Modesto, CA 95358 



RELIEF BOARD 

Henry Walker, Chairman 
12409 Terrace View Court 
Waterford, CA 95386 
(209) 874-2832 

Martin Meyers, Secretary 
2654 K Avenue 
Adel, IA 50003 
(515)993-3028 



William Carpenter. Treasurer 
8012 Cavender Street 
Morenci, Ml 49256 
(517)458-6535 

Virgil Leatherman 
419 North Queen Street 
Littiestown, PA 17340 
(717)359-5753 

Tom Jamison 
R.2 Box 30 
Hoxie,KS 67740 

(913)675-3600 

TORREON NAVAJO MISSION 

David Skiles, Superintendent 
HCR79, Box 8 
Cuba, NM 87013 

Hayes Reed, Chairman 
1433 Overholtzer Drive 
Modesto, CA 95355 

James Meyers, Secretary 
2641 205th Street 
Dallas Center, IA 50063 

Marian Jamison, Treasurer 
Box 100 
Quinter, KS 67752 

Mike Wray 

31111 Combs Avenue 
Escalon, CA 95320 

Larry Andrews 
12306 East 203rd Street 
Raymore, MO 64083 

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VOL. LXXV 



MARCH 15, 1997 



NO. 6 



"For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



OUR WATCHWORD: Go into all 
the world and preach the gospel. 



OUR AIM: Be it our aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 



SING WITH ALL THE SONS OF GLORY 

Sing with all the sons of glory, Sing the resurrection song! 

Death and sorrow, earth's dark story, To the former days belong 

All around the clouds are breaking, Soon the storms of time shall cease, 

In God's likeness, man awaking, Knows the everlasting peace. 

O what glory, far exceeding All that eye has yet perceived! 

Holiest hearts for ages pleading, Never that full joy conceived. 

God has promised, Christ prepares it, There on high our welcome waits; 

Every humble spirit shares it, Christ has passed th' eternal gates. 

Life eternal! Heav'n rejoices; Jesus lives who once was dead; 
Join, O man, the deathless voices, Child of God, lift up thy head! 
Patriarchs from the distant ages, Saints all longing for their heaven, 
Prophets, psalmists, seers, and sages, All await the glory given. 

Life eternal! O what wonders Crowd on faith; what joy unknown, 

When, amidst earth's closing thunders, Saints shall stand before the 

throne! 

Oh, to enter that bright portal, See that glowing firmament, 

Know, with Thee, O God immortal, "Jesus Christ whom Thou hast sent!" 

-William J. irons 



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PATIENCE 

God values the characteristic of patience in a person. It is one of 
His attributes that He wants re-created within His followers. God has 
given us an example of patience in His dealing with mankind. If He 
had not been patient with us as a race and as individuals, we would 
have been without any hope in this life. His patience gives us the 
hope of a far better future beyond this life. God has given many 
promises to us but they have not always been fulfilled quickly. He 
has tested and extended our patience by His delays. 

God works on a different timetable than we do. He looks at 
millenniums as days. What seems to us to be a long time, is as no 
time at all to Him. We think a hundred years is a long lifetime. 
Compared to God's eternity, it is but a drop in the bucket. Since we 
can not view time in the same terms, we have a difficult time being as 
patient as He is. 

Patience is not just waiting. It is an ability to do what is expected 
although there are no immediate results. Folding the hands and 
rocking away the time is not the kind of patience He is looking for. He 
is expecting that our lives which are devoted to Him will produce a 
Spiritual effort in His service. 

The events of Biblical History often played out very slowly. God 
gave the promise of sending His Own Son very early in man's history. 
Right after Adam and Eve's Fall in the Garden of Eden, God not only 
dealt with their sin but also gave them a promise of the coming 
Messiah. Certainly that prophecy was a long time in being fulfilled. 
There was a need for much patience to be displayed by those who 
lived between the time of giving of the promise and the time of 
fulfillment. 

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When the fulfillment of a prophecy is a long way off, it is natural to 
not be as concerned with the faithful fulfillment of duties along the 
way. It is easier to be faithful when there is an immediate fulfillment 
of the promise. Jesus spoke of wicked servants who did not do their 
absent master's will. They were not careful for the well-being of the 
Master's servants or property. As the master delayed his return, they 
became less and less faithful in the performance of their duties. The 
same thing may happen to those who are supposedly serving God. 
They may over the course of time grow lax in their fulfillment of His 
will. As we look at professed Christianity, today, we see a lessening 
of desire to be precise in doing His will. 

God's timetable operates on a different level than man's calendar. 
He understands how much time is needed to bring His promise to 
perfect manifestation. The perfect timing for this manifestation was 
according to God's understanding not mans. He brought many lines 
of prophecy and promise together into the fulfillment of His promise. 

The coming of the Messiah was the fulfillment of His promise in 
Genesis. When He came as a babe laid in a manger, more faith and 
patience was needed then if He had come forth full-grown and full of 
action. Instead, He first grew to adulthood. At that time, He instituted 
a teaching ministry rather than an active, judgmental ministry. He did 
not reveal Himself on a grand scale as had been expected. "He came 
unto his own, and his own received him not." 

His mission was to do His Father's Will. The fulfillment of His 
mission demanded patience to go through with all that was 
necessary. After His death on the cross there was still a time of 
waiting until He was resurrected. He had been lain in the burial cave, 
wrapped in graveclothes, the door had been secured and guarded but 
He came forth in triumph. He had accomplished the task that had 
been set before Him. He had patiently endured all that had come His 
way. 

Now that He has accomplished His mission of making possible the 
salvation of men's souls, He has ascended into Heaven to await the 
time of His second appearance upon this Earth. This provides a time 
that demands patience in those who have enlisted to serve our 
Heavenly Father. 

His followers must be patient during the time of awaiting His 
coming again. This patience demands faithfulness. It is not a time of 
simple waiting. It is time of doing, although the reward may not be 
immediately visible. 

How patient are you? Patient enough to await the return of your 
Lord and Saviour? 

M. C. Cook 



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OUR RISEN LORD 

II Corinthians 4:14, "Knowing that he which raised up the Lord 
Jesus shall raise up us also by Jesus, and shall present us with you." 

There is much confusion within the earthly church as to who the 
Lord Jesus Christ truly is. Recently we had correspondence with an 
individual who stated that he believed that Jesus Christ was God but 
not deity. This is, perhaps, the ultimate confusion! 

We read in I Corinthians 15:47 (comparing the Lord Jesus Christ 
with the first man, Adam) "the first man is of the earth, earthly: the 
second man is the Lord from heaven." Here we have the greatest 
mystery yet the grandest truth of all the ages. Jesus Christ became a 
man yet He was and is the Lord from Heaven. Lord (with a capital 
"L") is a name reserved for God. 

One of the greatest of the mysteries of Jesus Christ in the flesh is 
the fact that He voluntarily laid aside His equality with the Father 
during His sojourn on earth. However in John 17:5 the Lord Jesus 
Christ made this petition to the Father. "And now, O Father, glorify 
thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before 
the world was." We believe that after His resurrection the Lord Jesus 
Christ was granted His petition in full. 

The fact that I Corinthians 11:3 "...and the head of Christ is God" 
reveals an order of headship even after the resurrection does not 
change the fact that God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy 
Spirit are all equal. Many things within the pages of Holy Scripture 
cannot be fully explained by human wisdom and knowledge but must 
be accepted by faith. The failure to do this has resulted in higher 
criticism which is a denial of Scriptural truth. 

Our risen Lord is Lord of the universe. Colossians 1:16-17 tells us, 
"For by him (The Father's dear Son, verses 12 and 13) were all things 
created that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, 
whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all 
things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, 
and by him all things consist." There is much speculation today as to 
whether or not life exists beyond the earth. Contrary to popular 
thought, if life were to be found in space it would not prove the theory 
of evolution. It would merely prove that God created life elsewhere. 
We seriously doubt if there is intelligent life anywhere but on earth. A 
newspaper commentator who appears to be an agnostic at best 
stated that if life were found on another planet that life would not know 
anything about Jesus Christ. We are not sure what he thought this 
would prove since there are places on earth where people have never 
heard the name of Jesus Christ. The Bible would indicate that this is 
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gods are, in reality, demons and Satan himself. While they rule the 
hearts and lives of many, Jesus Christ is still Lord of the universe. 
We, of course, recognize life in Heaven, although this cannot be 
compared with life here on earth. 

Our risen Lord is the Lord of the Church. In Colossians 1:18 we 
read, "And he is the head of the body, the church:..." Man, down 
through the ages of church history, has tried to replace the Lord 
Jesus Christ with human authority. One of the reasons the Brethren 
avoided an ecclesiastical church hierarchy was that they realized that 
no man had this type of power. They also realized the potential for 
the mis-use of authoritarian rule by one individual. This is why they 
set up a means of order in the church consisting of a body of elders. 
This does not guarantee that every decision will be one agreed on by 
all the membership but it does eliminate replacing the Lord Jesus 
Christ with a man. 

Our risen Lord wants to be Lord of our lives. In Colossians 1 :28 we 
read, "Whom we preach, (Jesus Christ), warning every man, and 
teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man 
perfect in Christ Jesus." Each man and woman has a free will to 
accept or reject Jesus Christ as Lord of their life. But we do not 
believe that we have the option, as is popularly taught, that we can 
accept Him as our Savior without acknowledging Him as our Lord. 

If we accept Him as Lord and Savior then "he which raised up the 
Lord Jesus shall raise us up also by Jesus." The apostle Paul adds, 
"and shall present us with you." Praise the Lord! The saints of all the 
ages will be resurrected at the same time. Our soul, if we have 
already died, will return from Heaven and be united with a glorified 
body. Then we will have joy unspeakable and full of glory with our 
risen Lord throughout the timeless ages. Glory! Hallelujah! 

Brother James M. Hite 
816 E. Birch St. 
Palmyra, PA 17078-2704 

THE AGE OF VICTIMIZATION 

"But I couldn't help it!" is the cry heard on all sides these days. If 
someone commits a crime, it does not take very long until he or she is 
blaming everything and everybody except themselves. 

A man, who was the Chief Executive Officer of a bank, seemed to 
be an upstanding citizen for many years. Then, one day, he was 
charged with doing something seriously wrong in the bank's business. 
The board of directors fired him. The FDIC and the FBI became 
involved in the investigation. This was a shock to the community. 
After consultations with his lawyer and a psychologist, as well as with 
other therapists, the former bank officer claimed that he was abused 



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as a child for five or six years. According to the "experts," this 
supposedly led to a "diminished mental capacity" which in turn led the 
man to commit the crime. 

Now, I do not want to minimize child-abuse. It is a problem in our 
society. It's wicked, but there are so many accusations floating 
around today! As soon as somebody does anything wrong and they 
get caught, they immediately (after counseling!) claim that the reason 
they did wrong was because something was wrong with their 
upbringing! After hearing this excuse over and over again, it 
becomes... 

Instead of me telling you what I think, let's turn to the Word of God 
and see what Scripture has to say about this AGE OF 
VICTIMIZATION. 

"Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God 
cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man: But every 
man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. 
Then when lust hath conceived, it bringefh forth sin: and sin, when it 
is finished, bringeth forth death." (James 1:13-15.) 

This business of "passing the buck" all began in the Garden of 
Eden, when God called unto Adam, after he and Eve had partaken of 
the forbidden fruit. Adam blamed his sin on the woman, and the 
woman blamed her mistake on the serpent. Men and women have 
become so adept at "buck-passing" until nobody is responsible for 
anything, anymore! 

Are you something less than a perfect human being? On what do 
you place the blame for your sins and shortcomings? 

People blame genetics for a propensity toward alcoholism, a 
tendency to being overweight, loose morals, bad temper, and being 
just plain stubborn. They believe they are the way they are because 
they were born that way, and there was really nothing they could do 
about it. 

Another excuse people give for being sinful is their environment. 
Perhaps they were brought up in a bad home, or had a materialistic 
father. They also blame other people, as well as their circumstances, 
for their problems. "I know I'm on a diet, but the food at the 
smorgasbord was so good!" (Never mind that I CHOSE to go to the 
smorgasbord!) 

Ben Franklin supposedly said, "The person who is good for 
excuses is good for little else." 

A fifth scapegoat folks blame for their sins (are you ready for this?) 
is God. In Adam's statement of passing the blame off to the woman, 
was not he really blaming God? After all, God had given him the 
woman. 

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God could have changed the circumstances, or the genetics, or the 
family, or the environment, and so forth! 

Is God responsible for our sin? James 1:13 flatly states that 
temptation does not come from God. When I sin, I am to blame. I am 
responsible. When you sin, you are to blame. 

So what should we do about sin? 

1. FACE THE SIN SQUARELY. We need to acknowledge the sin 
as our own. We need to believe I John 1 :8 which says, If we say that 
we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us." 

2. CONFESS THE SIN BEFORE GOD. We do not change first 
and then go to God. We need to go to God first. Act on the promise 
given in I John 1:9, "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to 
forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." 

3. ASK GOD TO HELP OVERCOME THE SIN. We ought to ask 
God for help every morning as we face each new day! Our struggle 
with sin is never over while living on this earth. So do not be 
discouraged by the temptations of life. 

A good way to start conquering the sin problem is by continuing to 
read from James 1 . We need to have the courage to DO James 1 :25, 
which challenges us to look into "the perfect law of liberty" just as if 
we were looking into a mirror. We are supposed to be honest enough 
to go ahead and look into the mirror of God's Holy Word and face up 
to the fact that there may be some things in our lives that are not 
supposed to be there. We need to acknowledge that they are our 
own fault, and that something should be done about it! 

So instead of BLAMING our problems on someone or something 
else, we conclude that through accepting responsibility, we can begin 
the journey toward overcoming sin. 

Brother Robert Lehigh 

NEW VERSION THEOLOGY 

Continued from March 1, 1997 Issue 
The Theology of our Faith 

We believe our faith is Based on God and His Word. It is a serious 
business which we need to attend to diligently. 

KJV: Mk. 1:1, "The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son 
of God;" NIV: "The beginning of the gospel about Jesus Christ, the 
Son of God." Is this gospel inspired and given of God and Christ or is 
it just a story or history about Christ? 

KJV: Rom. 8:1, "There is therefore now no condemnation to them 
which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the 
Spirit." NIV: "Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who 
are in Christ Jesus," If we are in Christ Jesus, does it make any 
difference if we walk in the flesh or Spirit? 



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KJV: Acts 17:22, "Then Paul stood in the midst of Mars' hill, and 
said, Ye men of Athens, I perceive that in all things ye are too 
superstitious." NIV: "Paul then stood up in the meeting of the 
Areopagus and said: Men of Athens! I see that in every way you are 
very religious." Now, men's superstitions are accorded the 
respectability of being very religious although they were idol 
worshipers. 

KJV: Col. 2:16, "Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in 
drink, or in respect of an holyday, or of the new moon, or of the 
Sabbath days;" NIV: "Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what 
you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon 
celebration or a Sabbath day." It's party time — festival time — 
celebration time. Forget the Holy Days! 

KJV: Eph. 5:9, "(For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and 
righteousness and truth;)" NIV: "(for the fruit of the light consists in all 
goodness, righteousness and truth)" What ever happened to the 
work of the Holy Spirit in our lives? Turn on the light switch instead. 
Is it just the word of God that changes our life, or does the Holy Spirit 
work in our life to affect the change? The Work of the Holy Spirit in 
John 16 and I Cor. 2 is to convict of sin, the righteousness of God, the 
judgment to come and lead us into the understanding of the truth 
(revealing the light of the Gospel). 

KJV: Acts 22:16, "And now why tarriest thou? arise, and be 
baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord." 
NIV: "And now what are you waiting for? Get up, be baptized and 
wash your sins away, calling on his name." I always felt we called on 
the Lord for Salvation — not some "nameless individual". 

KJV: Rev. 1:5, "And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, 
and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the 
earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his 
own blood," NIV: "...To him who loves us and has freed us from our 
sins by his blood," Are our sins washed away, or have they been 
freed - set loose - floating around somewhere to be faced in the day 
of judgment? 

KJV: Col. 1:14, "In whom we have redemption through his blood, 
even the forgiveness of sins:" NIV: "In whom we have redemption, 
the forgiveness of sins." The standard comment about the new 
versions is that they minimize or come to no Blood cleansing. 

In KJV Isa. 53:10 speaks of Christ making his soul an offering for 
sin. NIV states that it was a guilt offering. Is there no sin atonement, 
only an offering for our feelings of GUILT? 

KJV: Mark 10:21 Jesus instructed the rich young ruler to sell all 
that he had and give to the poor and to take up the cross. In the NIV 
the Cross apparently is not important, for he is still promised his 



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reward without being commanded to take up his cross. 
The Theology of our Self 

KJV: I Cor. 9:27, "But I keep under my body, and bring it into 
subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I 
myself should be a castaway." NIV: "No, I beat my body and make it 
my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be 
disqualified for the prize." Who said works are not important? We 
beat ourselves (to a pulp?) corresponds with many pagan religions 
which teach that they must deface/abuse themselves in order to be 
accepted of their God. Bringing our body into subjection (under 
control) does not mean we beat our bodies. 

KJV: Gal. 6:17, "From henceforth let no man trouble me: for I bear 
in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus." NIV: "Finally, let no one 
cause me trouble, for I bear on my body the marks of Jesus." Bearing 
the marks "on" your body, makes it known that the Lord has "beaten 
us." Do not just be transformed and be made a new creation in Christ. 
Again, Pagan faiths desire the marks of their God on their body. 

KJV: Gal 5:2, "I would they were even cut off which trouble you." 
NIV: "As for those agitators, I wish they would go the whole way and 
emasculate themselves!" Since when do we wish for those who 
trouble us to castrate themselves!?? (Easier to read? I needed to 
look at the dictionary to confirm that it said, what I thought it said.) 

KJV: Col 2:23, "Which things have indeed a shew of wisdom in will 
worship, and humility, and neglecting of the body; not in any honor to 
the satisfying of the flesh." NIV: "Such regulations indeed have an 
appearance of wisdom, with their self-imposed worship, their false 
humility and their harsh treatment of the body, but they lack any value 
in restraining sensual indulgence." To neglect one's body (i.e., 
appearance) is not necessarily to harshly treat it (as advocated by 
many pagan religions). 

KJV: Gal. 6:4, "But let every man prove his own work, and then 
shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another." NIV: 
"Each one should test his own actions. Then he can take pride in 
himself, without comparing himself to somebody else," I thought the 
Christian was to put aside pride, not put it on. Proverbs calls it one of 
the seven sins the Lord hates. Similarly compare James 1:9-10, II 
Cor. 5:12, II Cor. 1:12 and 14 (Boast). 

Mark 7:22 in the NIV does not list Pride as a sin. 

II Cor. 2:13 changes "That ye do no evil" to "anything wrong." Evil 
is sin. Doing wrong may not be sin. I went to the wrong address. I 
was wrong, but it certainly was not a sin. 

I Tim. 3:2, 3:8, 11 and Titus 1:8, 2:2, 4, 6, all speak of church 
officials and their wives as being sober, grave and discreet. Usually 



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the NIV translates these as self-controlled, worthy of respect or 
temperate. I see sober, grave, and discreet as being much more 
(these describe character) extensive than self-controlled or temperate 
or even worthy of respect. Acts 6:3 they were to look for honest and 
wise spirit filled men, but the honesty is not a qualification in the NIV. 

Similarly, "shamefacedness and sobriety in dress", in I Tim 2:9 is 
termed, "decency and propriety." "Shamefacedness and sobriety of 
extreme modesty and lack of pretension or show", is a much stiffer 
qualification than "decency and propriety." 

The Theology of Wealth 

We believe we are to be rich in Christ and that this world's goods 
are short lived. 

KJV: Prov. 21:21, "He that followeth after righteousness and mercy 
findeth life, righteousness, and honour." NIV: "He who pursues 
righteousness and love finds life, prosperity and honor." Is 
righteousness equated to prosperity. This truly is a health and wealth 
theology! 

KJV: Prov. 8:18, "Riches and honour are with me; yea, durable 
riches and righteousness." NIV: "With me are riches and honor, 
enduring wealth and prosperity." Pardon my ignorance, but I thought 
Wisdom was the topic in this chapter, and durable riches was the 
product of being wise in the Lord, more than just earthly wealth (very 
un-endurable). 

KJV: Jer. 29:11, "For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, 
saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an 
expected end." NIV: "For i know the plans I have for you, declares 
the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you 
hope and a future." Is there a difference between peace and 
prosperity? Prosperity does not necessarily mean to increase wealth, 
but that is its primary meaning. 

To be continued 
Brother Rudy Shaffer 

THE BIBLE SPEAKS TO YOUTH 

The Age of Permissiveness 

Today it seems that all Christian issues have to be approached 
from a politically correct perspective. It would seem that the Bible is 
no longer as clear as it used to be in regard to simple answers to 
people's problems. This has helped lead to a new permissiveness, 
even among Bible believing people. 

Absolutes seem to be hard to identify. Morality, in its traditional 
form, is thought to be the vestigial remains of a superstitious and 
puritanical era. Moral ethics as taught in the Bible are ignored. 

So what is "in" if the Bible is "out" for so many people? It is the 



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"new Morality" and age of permissiveness. Many of us look at it as a 
bad dream but I doubt if it will be short-lived, it is difficult to accept 
the new leniency which has permeated Christian homes, the 
educational system, legislative bodies and even our churches. Are 
we concerned or are we just indifferent? Should we drop old morals 
and draw up a new set of rules to govern our behavior? Should we 
base these rules on human desire instead of Divine commandment? 

The term, "AMORALITY" has become acceptable. We understand 
that an immoral person is in violation of moral principles. On the 
other hand, an amoral person lacks a sense of right and wrong. He 
really just does not care. 

Why is there amorality and permissiveness? Could it be that the 
Bibie no longer occupies a place of authority in our homes and 
Churches? People scoff at the idea of the Bible being the un- 
contested Word of God. Without understanding that basic truth, we 
just play the game of life without rules. 

How long will we get by with our moral dereliction? Will our 
permissiveness really free us from primitive superstitions and 
hazardous repression? Is uninhibited sexual behavior the cure for 
man's "hang-ups?" Traditional ideas of right and wrong no longer are 
used to judge right and wrong. Modern books tell us we can operate 
at our own level and there will be no harm in doing this. We need to 
understand that the harm is incalculable. Homes are being broken, 
morals shattered, and lives destroyed. 

The so called "sexual revolution" is eating away at our society, like 
alcohol consumption, is slowly destroying the anatomy and fiber of 
our lives. It is like playing Russian Roulette with our lives. We seem 
to be surviving for a time but the effects of this sin are crippling. 

If moral laws reacted as sharply to their violation as physical laws, 
none of us would be here to evaluate them. It would make us wonder 
if God has not slowed down the retributive qualities of moral failure to 
provide more time for repentance and the blessing of forgiveness. 

Legalization of pornography, sex education in the schools and 
liberal abortion laws have done unbelievable damage to all the 
citizens of our nation. We are not immune. We are exposed to the 
backlash of these wrong decisions almost daily as Christians. 

We have not experienced emancipation. The predictable end of all 
of this is a society in turmoil. If you have traditional and Biblical 
concepts of right and wrong, you are considered by your peers as 
naive and "square." The fuse which has been lighted by the new 
permissiveness has reached the explosive stage. What an explosive 
it is. Crime is growing, militants outnumber the law enforcement 
people, and the court dockets are full. America has embarked on a 
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to pass. What has been paid already is only the first of several 
installments. 

Throwing away guidelines is not fulfillment. The new morality is not 
working. It is causing a surge of suicides which has now become one 
of the leading causes of death in adults. In fact, among college 
students, it is the third leading cause of death. Does this sound like 
people are getting a fulfillment message or is it obvious that they are 
now experiencing hopelessness in what has become to them a 
meaningless world? 

Beloved, we ARE worth something. God was so impressed with 
the worth of man that He sent His only Son to die to redeem us from 
the curse of sin. Our only hope is to find that personal relationship 
with Him. It is necessary for our nation to do the same. Problems in 
human relationships only come into proper perspective when our 
relationship with the One who Created us, saved us and who gave us 
eternal life is alive and fulfilling. 

Brother Len Wertz 

SIXTY YEARS AGO 

March 15, 1937 

GOD'S PROMISE 

Ida M. Helm 

"Consider that this nation is thy people." And He said, "My 
presence shall go with thee and I will give thee rest." And He said 
unto him, "If thy presence go not with me, carry us not up hence." 
(Ex. 33:13-15). 

Moses knew what it meant to have God's presence with him when 
the plagues sent by God to prove His supremacy over the idol gods of 
Egypt and the power of His outstretched hand over man, beast and 
nature had kept the Israelites free from the plagues and led them 
safely through the Red Sea. Israel had experienced the wonderful 
deliverance, and they knew of the terrible afflictions with which Egypt 
was visited and it made the presence of Jehovah God more real and 
wonderful. When the Israelites trembled at the approach of the 
enemy who were following hard upon them, Moses shouted with the 
authority vested in him by God, "Stand still and see the salvation of 
God." (Exodus 14:13). 

Their greatest danger was not so much the enemy approaching, 
the mountains, the wilderness or the threatening sea, but was their 
forgetting the power of God and His presence not being relied upon. 

The Master's presence is appreciated most when the waves are 
rolling and the tempest raging. "And the Lord said, speak unto the 
children of Israel that they go forward." (Ex. 14:15). 






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And the angel of God which went before the camp if Israel, 
removed and went behind them; and the pillar of the cloud went 
before their face and stood behind them." (Verse 19). It came 
between the enemy and Israel. It was Israel's strong defense. The 
Egyptians had only the lifeless, helpless forms in their idols. Israel 
had the true God, the all powerful creator of the universe and their 
song of victory echoed through those rugged mountains while the 
Egyptians were left dead in the midst of those dark waters. 

When the world jeers and scoffs at the followers of Christ and calls 
Him an old foggy and narrow and queer it is easy to reach out into the 
world and lay hold of one or more of its pets, thinking the Christian life 
will appear easier if it is a little more conformed to the world and 
finally one may substitute a counterfeit religion for the true. Then the 
true religion will go and with it the power of God. Then we must 
humble ourselves and get close to God again, put away the 
counterfeit to which we are holding and repent and God will forgive us 
and take us back to Himself and His power will again be with us. "My 
presence shall go with thee and I will give thee rest." This is a 
personal promise. No uncertainty here to the Christian. He is the 
Friend whose love and pardon have been accepted and if we obey 
His will His presence brings peace and rest such of which this world 
knows nothing, and to the justified soul resting in the atoning blood of 
Jesus Christ it is an impregnable fort. It was not the power of the 
Hebrews that brought them out of Egypt. It was not the power of 
Moses that brought them out; it was the Lord that brought them out. It 
was when they had faith and obeyed when Moses told them to stand 
still and see the salvation of God that deliverance came, and this 
condition is handed over into the Christian church. 

Turn not to the right hand nor to the left, hasten not nor grasp at 
God's gifts but receive them in God's way. At one time King Saul had 
been expressly charged to await the coming of the Prophet Samuel to 
offer an offering to God in Gilgal. When the seven days required to 
wait had run their course and Samuel did not appear, Saul's intention 
to await God's time gave away and he offered the burnt offering and 
no sooner had he finished the offering than Samuel came. This was 
a trial of Saul's obedience and fidelity to God. If Saul had regarded 
the command as coming from God and had really wished to obey 
God he would have waited. How often when we do things in a hurry 
we afterwards have to regret it. This showed a lurking disobedience 
in Saul. In his impatience he disobeyed a plain command of God. 
Listen to the prophet's rebuke to Saul, 'Thou hast done foolishly: thou 
hast not kept the commandment of the Lord thy God, which He 
commanded thee: for now would the Lord have established thy 
kingdom upon Israel forever. But now thy kingdom shall not continue: 



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The Lord hath sought him a man after His own heart." (I Sam. 13:13- 
14). 

What a sameness there is in human nature today. But the long 
suffering patience of Christ still calls us to repentance. We are all 
tried in one way or another and how often we stumble or fall flat. If 
Saul had obeyed God and waited a few minutes longer he would 
have been spared the penalty of the sin. Saul forfeited God's favor, 
also the valuable friendship of the prophet, and was rejected from 
being king for disobedience. 

It is not enough to pass through one trial and not fall; through our 
whole life we are on trial. It is not enough to rigidly obey God in the 
letter of His commands, we must obey in the spirit of love. Jesus 
said, "The true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in 
truth, for the Father seeketh such to worship Him." (John 4:23). Saul 
was a religious man in his own way but not in God's way. He 
considered his very disobedience a religious act. He deceived 
himself by offering a sacrifice contrary to God's command, rather than 
go into battle without sacrifice and fancied he was religious without 
obeying God strictly. 

Just any sort of religion will not do. It must be the religion 
appointed by God, then His presence will go with us and His 
presence with us in this life and His approval of our daily living means 
everlasting life. 

"Speak unto the children of Israel that they go forward. But lift thou 
up thy rod, and stretch out thine hand over the sea, and divide it; and 
the children of Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst of the 
sea." (Ex. 4:15-16). Moses obeyed, Israel obeyed, and the presence 
of God was with them and they had a wonderful deliverance. 

NEWS ITEMS 

LITITZ, PENNSYLVANIA 

Revival Meetings are scheduled for March 28 through April 6 at the 
Lititz Congregation, with Brother Mark Andrews as the speaker. We 
invite your presence and prayers for the meetings. Everyone is 
welcome to attend the services at 7:30 each evening, and 9:30 
Sunday mornings. "O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his 
name together." Psalm 34:3. 

Sister Arlene Birt, Cor. 

THANK YOU FROM THE EDITOR 

The Editor wishes to thank everyone who has remembered me 
during my recent hospitalization, surgery and convalescence. I 
especially value your prayers, which have provided my real strength. 

During the recent period of change involving the Bible Monitor, the 



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Editor wishes to thank everyone for your patience. It has been a time 
of change for the Editor, the Publication Board, the printer and the 
mailing company. Your continued support will be much appreciated. 
May all be to God's glory and honor. 

Brother Milton Cook 

DALLAS CENTER, IOWA 

The Dallas Center Congregation is looking forward to a week of 
Revival Meetings, beginning March 30 through April 6, 1997, the Lord 
willing. Bro. Tom St. John from the Pleasant Ridge Congregation, 
Ohio will be our evangelist. We pray the Lord's richest blessings upon 
him as he labors here in our midst. We covet your prayers in his 
behalf and ours, that we would be built up and strengthened in our 
walk, and that souls might be garnered into the fold in these last days. 
We plan to have Lovefeast services on April 5 and 6. We welcome all 
who can to come and enjoy the blessing of worshipping the Lord 
together. 

In His Love, 

Sister Arlene Flora, Cor. 

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS 
FOR APRIL 1997 

April 6 - A Vessel Unto Honour - II Timothy 2:15-26. 

1 . How can we rightly divide the word of truth? 

2. "The Lord knoweth them that are His." How can we know if we 

are one of "them"? 

April 13 - Dangers In The Last Days - II Timothy 3:1-17. 

1 . Explain how it is possible to have "A form of godliness" but 

deny "the power thereof." 

2. What kind of persecution does Paul expect the believer to 

suffer? 

April 20 - Preaching And Learning Sound Doctrine - II Timothy 4:1-8. 

1 . What determines whether or not our doctrine is "sound"? 

2. How can we have assurance, as Paul did, that "there is laid up 

for me a crown of righteousness?" 

April 27 - God's Hand Of Protection - II Timothy 4:9-22. 

1 . Do we really ever stand completely alone when we stand for 

truth and right? 

2. The only way to be spiritually delivered and preserved is 

through whom? 



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YOUNG PEOPLE'S SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS 
FOR APRIL 1997 

April 6 - God's Ways - Psa. 1 8:30, Isa 55:8-9, Rorn. 1 1 :33, Rev. 1 5:3. 

1 . How do the ways and thoughts of man compare to those of God? 

2. Explain how God's ways are "past finding out." 

April 13 - The Talents - Matt. 25:13-29, Luke 19:12-24. 

1 . What are the talents which are hidden in your life? 

2. What have you profited for the Lord with the investment He has 

made in your life? 

April 20 - The Rich Young Ruler - Matt. 19:16-30, Mark 10:17-22. 

1 . In what was the rich young ruler really lacking? 

2. What is it about riches that hinder entrance into the kingdom 

of Heaven? 

April 27 - Good Samaritans - Luke 10:25-37. 

1 . What are the responsibilities of a neighbor? 

2. Where do the responsibilities of a neighbor end? 



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VOL. LXXV 



APRIL 1, 1997 



NO. 7 



"For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



OUR WATCHWORD: Go into all 
the world and preach the gospel. 



OUR AIM: Be it our aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 



SWEETLY RESTING 

In the rifted Rock I'm resting; 
Safely sheltered I abide; 
There no foes or storms molest me, 
While within the cleft I hide. 

Long pursued by sin and Satan, 
Weary, sad I longed for rest; 
Then I found this heav'nly shelter, 
Opened in my Savior's breast. 

Peace, which passeth understanding, 
Joy the world can never give, 
Now in Jesus I am finding: 
In his smiles of love I live. 



In the rifted Rock I'll hide me 
Till the storms of life are past, 
All secure in this blest refuge, 
Heeding not the fiercest blast. 

-Mrs. Mary D. James 



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COME APART AND REST 

The lives of most adults today are too busy. We are involved in far 
too many activities. We have to earn a living. We are involved in our 
children's activities. We may be involved in community activities. We 
try to accomplish other worthy goals in our daily swirl of activities. 
Sometimes we become so busy, we hardly seem to accomplish much 
of anything. We have become "burnt-ouf . 

With all our doing, there is a lack of satisfaction in our 
accomplishments. We have worked until we hardly know where we 
will get the next needed drop of energy. Having expended our energy 
in these activities, we do not have enough emotion left to love and 
enjoy our families and friends. We have shut God out of our lives. 
We just do not have time for Him or for the activities that He has 
designed for our Spiritual advancement. When considered in contrast 
to our fast-moving, high-powered lives, His requirements seem 
inconvenient and time-consuming. 

Sometimes we are just too busy. Even though we recognize our 
lives are not as rewarding as we would like, we continue at the same 
dizzying pace. 

Even the disciples of Jesus could become caught up in the same 
kind of hurry, hurry, do, do kind of life. Jesus' Apostles were busy 
men. He sent them to preach and to do good for the people of the 
land. When they returned they had much to tell. They were thrilled 
by the service that they rendered for their Master. 

In the midst of their doing, they had become Spiritually fatigued. 
When they returned and told all that they had been involved with, 
Jesus told them to come apart and rest. They needed to get away 

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from the press of the daily grind so they could get a more balanced 
view of life. They had become so entangled with their daily activities 
that they had lost touch with the more important things. 

The experience of the disciples is parallel to our own experience. 
We find ourselves so wrapped up in the daily affairs of our lives that 
we lose sight of the more important issues of life. We need to come 
apart and rest. God understands this need far better than we do. He 
wants us to pay attention to these more important issues in life, 
therefore He sometimes has to stop us in the midst of our daily 
activities. Through disease, accident or sorrow, He brings us to a 
standstill. As we are brought low, we are more likely to turn our 
thoughts to those matters God wants us to consider. 

For this time to be profitable, we must have the right attitude 
concerning God's means of getting our attention. If we only consider 
the physical circumstances, we may be angry or upset because this 
pause was brought into our lives. We may be upset because we 
were prevented from doing certain things that we had thought to be 
important in our lives. We may be concerned because we could not 
accomplish some dear goal because God had brought this serious 
situation upon us. If we receive God's strokes as He wishes, this time 
can be profitable for our physical and Spiritual lives. If the rest He 
brings to our lives can be used to reflect upon the more serious affairs 
of life, we can profit from this time. When we are lying in bed, unable 
to care for ourselves, we have time to think about what things are 
really important in our lives. We realize the value of life, when it 
becomes a matter of serious reflection. When we are facing a life and 
death situation, life becomes more valuable to us. When we are 
immobilized, we value the ability to move around freely. Most of all, 
when confined, we begin to value our relationship with God. 

We value other relationships more as we are limited in our ability to 
move about and to be with others. We appreciate our families and 
their service to us, even though it may disrupt their lives. We value 
our friends and neighbors as they offer their help and encouragement. 
We value our fellow believers for their care, concern and prayers. 
The prayers offered in our behalf are more valuable than many gifts 
or greetings. They are the true strength of each Christian's life. 

If your life has become too busy and cluttered with the activity of 
this world, stop, come apart and rest a little. You can be refreshed 
and restored for the journey of life. If you do not come apart on your 
own, there may come a time when God will intervene in your life and 
call you apart for a season of rest. He wants you to appreciate the 
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He can get your attention and appreciation. 

Do you need a wake-up call from God to get your Spiritual rest? 
Will He need to bring you aside and force you to rest? 

M.C.Cook 

OUR ASCENDED ADVOCATE 

Ephesians 4:8-10, "Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on 
high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. (Now that he 
ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower 
parts of the earth? He that descended is the same also that 
ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.)" 

I John 2:1, "My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye 
sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, 
Jesus Christ the righteous:" 

Of all of the Scriptural truths concerning our Lord and Savior, Jesus 
Christ perhaps the one least emphasized, preached on and studied is 
the ascension. There are many precious truths related to the 
ascension. We would like to center our thoughts on one in particular, 
that the ascended Christ is our advocate with the Father. 

The word translated, "advocate" is the Greek word, "paraklesis." It 
is found only once in Holy Scripture. Its meaning can be intercessor, 
consoler or comforter. The vast importance of the doctrine of Christ 
as our advocate brings into question the axiom that if something is 
found only once in Holy Scripture it is of little importance. Of course, 
the truth of Christ as our advocate is described in other terms at 
various places within the Bible. 

The first word to come to mind related to Christ as our advocate is 
the word, "Grace." While the term "Free grace" has been mis-used 
and mis-applied by certain groups and individuals, we can join in with 
great joy and appreciation when the last verse of number 315 in our 
Brethren Hymnal is sung. 

"Of grace, free grace, alone I boast, 
And 'tis in grace alone I trust; 
And when I rise to heav'n, my home, 
I'll shout free grace, free grace alone." 

We believe the reason Christ descended before He ascended was 
to proclaim to the redeemed Old Testament believers who had gone 
to Paradise or "Abraham's bosom," either adjacent to or a part of 
Sheol, that free grace was consummated in His act of dying on the 
cross of Calvary. We believe these souls were to be given access to 
the throne of God and joined by the Saints after Pentecost. 

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verse, is the word "gifts." Some of these gifts pertain to leadership. 

We do not believe they are limited to those in leadership. We must 

remember that Jesus Christ gave the gifts of leadership to man but 

never relinquished His rule and authority oyer them. He did not give 

us gifts to promote a vain and arrogant disposition. He gave gifts for 

the perfecting of the Saints. That is so we may be led to the place 

where our desire is to sin not. He gave gifts for the work of the 

ministry. He desired that leaders would recognize the gifts of others 

and be willing to use them in conjunction with their own gifts. Last, 

He gave gifts for the edifying of the body of Christ. To "edify" is to 

instruct or improve morally or spiritually. It can also mean to build or 

establish. We sometimes speak of building up one another in the 

faith. According to Revelation 12:10-11, Satan is the accuser of the 

brethren before our God day and night. We overcome him by the 

blood of the lamb and by our word of testimony. At least part of this 

testimony is the using of the gifts given unto us. When we do this our 

advocate will silence the voice of our accuser. 

A final word that comes to mind is the word "greatness." Our 
lesson states that Christ ascended to the Father "that he might fill all 
things." Adam Clarke's commentary suggests this meaning. "That he 
might be the Fountain whence all blessings might flow, dispensing all 
good things to all His creatures, according to their several capacities 
and necessities; and, particularly, fill both converted Jews and 
Gentiles with all the gifts and graces of His Holy Spirit." We like the 
idea of Christ being the Fountain. One of the meanings of fountain is 
the source or origin of anything. Our ascended advocate is also the 
source of all our blessings. As with our salvation, we are not blessed 
because we deserve to be blessed, but because of the loving nature 
of our Lord. 

In closing, our advocate with the Father is Jesus Christ the 
righteous. Because of the mis-use by Calvinists, many Anabaptists 
refute the doctrine of imputed righteousness. The Bible makes it 
clear that willful disobedience will result in loss of salvation in God's 
own time. Yet, we realize that our righteousness alone will never 
allow us to enter the portals of Heaven. 

Brother James M. Hite 

816 E. Birch St. 

Palmyra, PA 17078-2704 

THE WORD "JUST" 

"Just" is a word we often use. Many times we use it incorrectly. 
We frequently use the word "just" and the words following it are made 



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to seem insignificant. Listed below are some examples. Let's all try 
to be more careful and use the word "just" less often. 

Just take Jesus as your Saviour. 

Just turn it over to the Lord. 

Just consider it seriously. 

Just a "stay-at-home mom." 

Just don't put it off. 

Just living together. 

Just love everybody. 

Just lean on Jesus. 

Just a housewife. 

Just don't do it. 

Just get married. 

Just my husband. 

Just be patient. 

Just persevere. 

Just my child. 

Just love her. 

Just preaches. 

Just get even. 

Just be good. 

Just friends. 

Just my wife. 

Just forgive. 

Just forget. 

Just serve. 

Just do it. 

Just pray. 

Just quit. 

Just try. 

Just you. 

Just me. 

Sister Mildred Skiles 

NEW VERSION THEOLOGY 

Continued from March 15, 1997 Issue 
Missing Theology 
Just a few verses which have no corresponding verse in the NIV. 
There are many more which are not listed. 

KJV: Acts 8:37, "And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine 
heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus 
Christ is the Son of God." Is belief in Christ not important? To me it 



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is an important criterion of Salvation. 

KJV: Luke 17:36, "Two men will be in the field: the one will be 
taken and the other left." If there is no description of end times, how 
then do we recognize the end times? 

KJV: Mark 9:44 and 46, "Where the worm dieth not, and the fire is 
not quenched." Is a description of Eternal damnation not important? 

KJV: Matt. 18:11, "For the Son of man is come to save that which 
was lost." What then is the purpose of Christ? (Both KJV and NIV list 
this in Luke 19:10.) 

KJV: Mark 15:28, "And the scripture was fulfilled, which saith, And 
he was numbered with the transgressors." The fact that he took our 
sin is missing. (Both versions list it in Isa. 53:12 and Luke 22:37. 
Why not be consistent?) 

KJV: Mark 1 1 :26, (As Jesus was speaking on prayer, and our need 
to forgive) "But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in 
heaven forgive your trespasses." I understand the Scripture teaching 
that our need to forgive is extremely important for our salvation! 

In Luke 11, in the Lord's prayer.. .the words in brackets are missing 
(Our) Father, (which art in Heaven) hallowed be.. .kingdom come (Thy 
will be done, as in heaven, so on earth.).. .lead us not into temptation; 
(but deliver us from evil). I personally feel all the missing words add 
important meaning to the Lord's prayer. (Again most of this is only 
missing in Luke.) 

KJV: Matt. 23:14, "Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, 
hypocrites! for ye devour widows' houses, and for a pretense make 
long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation." 
Apparently living in hypocrisy and pretense is not important. 
Theology of the Birth of Christ 

KJV: John 1:14, "And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among 
us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the 
Father,) full of grace and truth." NIV: "The Word became flesh and 
made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of 
the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth." 
We have seen the glory of the One and Only. .What or Who? 
Secondly, there is no distinction if this is the first or fifteenth Son or 
Daughter (One is sexless) of God? 

KJV: Luke 2:33, "And Joseph and his mother marvelled at those 
things which were spoken of him." NIV: "The child's father and 
mother marveled at what was said about him." I thought Christ was 
fathered by the Holy Spirit. KJV does not say Joseph was his father. 
Many who promote liberal theology would have us believe this Joseph 
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KJV: Matt. 1:25, "And knew her not till she had brought forth her 
firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS." NIV: "But he had no 
union with her until she gave birth to a son. And he gave him the 
name Jesus." How many children did Mary have before Jesus? We 
are not clearly told in the NIV. This also clouds the fact of the virgin 
birth. 

Other Theology Questions 

Since when has Christ become God's servant? Christ Child 
replaced with Servant, Acts 4:27 and 30. Son of God replaced with 
Servant, Acts 3:13 and 26. In numerous passages of Scripture Christ 
has been demoted from Son of God to servant, from Lord Jesus 
Christ to Christ, from Christ to the obscure "the One", from "the" Son 
of God to "a" son of God. Likewise God has been demoted from the 
Almighty God to God or "a" God. 

Eph. 3:9 states, "God created all things by Christ", which is 
confirmed in various scriptures, yet it is only created by God in the 
NIV. 

Psa. 119:140 and Psa. 12.G both speak of the Lord's words being 
Pure. ..in the NIV they are "flawless", or "thoroughly tested". Do these 
equate to purity.? 

Matt. 5:22 states whosoever is angry with his brother without a 
cause.. .NIV deletes "without a cause". Does this mean to be angry 
with a cause puts us in danger of the judgment too? 

Eph. 3:14 states we bow before the Father of our Lord Jesus 
Christ. In the NIV, only the Father is stated. There is no identification 
as to who, other than its implied understanding for us. It becomes 
material for the cults. 

II Pet. 3:10 states that the earth shall be burned up, elsewhere we 
are told there will be a new heaven and earth. ..in NIV it is laid bare by 
fire. Which is correct? 

Rev. 5:4 speaks of God's judgments, yet NIV calls it "God's 
righteous acts". God acts in righteousness, but are acts of 
righteousness necessarily identical or limited to God's judgments? 

Rev. 6:7 speaks of God's great day of judgment (wrath), speaking 
of it as the great day of HIS wrath. NIV puts it "their wrath." Who is 
"their"? I know who "His" is, but "their" is plural? 

I Pet. 1:5 states we are kept by the power of God. The NIV states 
that we are shielded by God's power. To me being kept is 
significantly different from being shielded. 

In II Cor. 6:4, 12:12, Rom. 5:4, Heb. 10:10, "patience" is rendered 
either "persevere" or "endurance" I can persevere and endure, and 
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Heb. 3:18, 4:11, Rom. 11:32 and other verses speak of unbelief, or 
believing not. Is this the equivalent of disobedience as rendered by 
the NIV? I feel I can believe and still be disobedient, much to my 
shame. Unbelief while often the cause of disobedience, still speaks of 
much more than disobedience to me. 

Col. 3:16 speaks of the Word of Christ dwelling in us richly in all 
wisdom.. .NIV omits the wisdom here, but places it after admonishing 
others with wisdom. To me there is a fundamental difference. If 
wisdom dwells within, we automatically teach in wisdom, but if it does 
not, how do we teach in wisdom as we are instructed in the NIV? 

To be continued, 
Brother Rudy Shaffer 

FROM THE BRETHREN HYMNAL 

Hymn #451 
A CHARGE TO KEEP 
A charge to keep I have 
A God to glorify; 
A never dying soul to save, 
And fit it for the sky. 

Arm me with jealous care, 

As in thy sight to live; 

And thy poor servant, Lord prepare 

A strict account to give. 

Many of our services at Brightbill's are begun with this hymn. 
These solemn words cause us to realize the purpose for our gathering 
together. They also help us to look back and determine whether we 
have truly been serving God during the past week. 

We own nothing more valuable than our soul. Matthew 16:26 asks, 
"What shall a man give in exchange for his soul?" Ponder this thought 
for a few moments. Many are just too busy to do so, yet there is 
nothing more important. What will ye do with Jesus? We pay strict 
attention to earthly things at the expense of our souls. 

Many of the old hymns of the church have not made the new 
editions. The new hymnals are full of the modern gospel: very little 
reflection upon the true needs of the soul. While I feel it is not wrong 
to learn new hymns, let us not neglect the old ones. Also, if we learn 
a new hymn, we should make sure it has a Biblical message. 

I have a charge to keep: A God to glorify; A never-dying soul to 
save and fit it for the sky. Are we keeping this charge that has been 
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Occupy tilll come. Luke 19:13. 

Brother Lynn H. Miller 
RD2 Box 561 
Newmanstown, PA 17073 

A MAN AFTER GOD'S OWN HEART 

The Lord sought him a man after his own heart after Saul, king of 
Israel, was disobedient. I Samuel 16:13. He chose David the 
youngest son of Jesse. 

I Samuel 16:7. When choosing a man "...the Lord seeth not as 
man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord 
looketh on the heart." 

What were the characteristics of David that made him highly 
favored of God? I Samuel 17:47. When he went out to fight Goliath, 
the Philistine giant, he had complete faith that the battle was the 
Lord's. 

I Samuel 18:14. David behaved himself wisely in all his ways. 

Even though Saul was David's enemy he had respect for Saul as 
God's anointed. I Samuel 24:5. David's heart smote him because he 
had cut off Saul's skirt. Apparently David had a tender conscience. 

David committed some very serious sins during his lifetime but he 
was always ready to acknowledge his wrong and humble himself 
before the Lord. 

Proverbs 4:23, "Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are 
the issues of life." 

Matthew 5:8, "Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God." 

Brother Clifford St. John 



SIXTY YEARS AGO 

April 1, 1937 
THE REALITY OF CHRISTIANITY 
D. W. Hostetler 
In Acts 11:26 it is said that "The disciples were called Christians 
first in Antioch." The title, "Christian", applied to the disciples is a 
wonderful title. A greater title cannot be given to man. What does it 
mean to be a Christian? "A believer in Christ." It also embraces the 
idea of being a member of the church of Christ by obedience to His 
teaching. Christianity means "Christ-like" in life and character. 

Now is the Christianity of Christ a reality in man's life? Or is it an 
imaginary something of the mind? "Reality" means "actually existing, 
a fact, truth or veracity." The writers of the New Testament stated 



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facts. 

The reality of Christianity depends on there being a Christ and on 
the authenticy of the scriptures, and on whether inspiration stated 
facts. Peter one time said, "For no prophecy ever came by the will of 
man: but holy men spake from God, being moved by the Holy Ghost." 
This teaches that God communicated His word by the Holy Spirit 
writing the word revealed. We believe that what we have in the Word 
concerning Christ are facts. Christ was real, and was what He was 
revealed to be, the Son of God, the Messiah, Jesus Christ, the 
anointed Savior. 

Christ was miraculously conceived by the Virgin. It was 
supernatural, contrary to the laws of nature. The angel said of Mary, 
Tor that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost." It was not a 
human conception, but Infinite. And around that Infinite conception 
was built human flesh and blood. So this child that was born of the 
Virgin Mary was the Son of God. 

Since Christ was real, the Christianity of the New Testament is 
real, and to be received and lived. This brings to the experience of 
man the real essence of Christianity. 

Christ was both human and divine and was born to be the savior of 
mortals— to save them from sin. He was without sin. He lived a life of 
sinless perfection. (II Cor. 5) "For He hath made Him to be sin for us, 
who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in 
Him." He did not become contaminated with sin. He knew no sin, 
and when we accept Him as our Savior we become the righteousness 
of God in Him. (I Peter 2:22) Peter speaking of Christ says, "Who did 
no sin, neither was guile found n his mouth." (I John 3:5) "And ye 
know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in Him is no 
sin." Christ lived a life of sinless perfection that He might be our 
Savior. Had He sinned He could not be a Savior. 

The Christianity of Jesus Christ is a real, living, indwelling and 
abiding Christianity. It enriches life and is the only thing that makes 
life worth while. 

In (Matt. 24:24) Jesus said, "For there shall arise false Christs and 
false prophets." Now if there is no true Christ, how can there be false 
Christs? If there are no true prophets, how can there be false 
prophets? There cannot be a counterfeit unless there is the genuine. 
So there is a genuine Christ and Son of God that came from heaven 
to save sinners. 

Jesus one time said, "For many shall come in my name saying, 'I 
am Christ; and shall deceive many.'" If there is no true Christianity 
how can people be deceived in a thing that does not exist? These 



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false Christs are deceivers and the outgrowth is a false religion, a 
false Christianity, which is strong proof of the reality of true 
Christianity. 

Now when we have Christ in the heart and life, then we have true 
Christianity. And Paul teaches us that, "As many of you as have been 
baptized into Christ have put on Christ." We in Him and He in us. 
That is why Paul said, "Therefore we are buried with him by baptism." 
"Baptized into" means "to be inside of" as to come into a room or into 
a house, designating motion or direction, and also designating a 
change from one thing to another or one state to another. Baptizing 
into Christ is bringing out of a state of sin into Christ, a state of 
Christian living. For this reason it takes an immersion or planting. 
We have been translated from the power of darkness into the 
kingdom of God's dear Son. 

In the fourth chapter of first Peter we are told that we should not 
suffer as a murderer, or a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in 
other men's matters. "Yet if any suffer as a christian, let him not be 
ashamed, uul iet him glorify God on this behalf." To suffer as an 
evildoer would be suffering the penalty of a broken law and would be 
grievous. But to suffer as a Christian would be persecution for 
righteousness' sake, and this would be glorifying God. To suffer 
persecution for righteousness' sake proves the reality of Christianity. 
Paul said he "Took pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in 
necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake." To suffer 
all these things for Christ's sake shows that the Christianity of Jesus 
is a real Christianity. 

Peter speaks about the fiery trials which should try us, but says 
that we should rejoice in that we should be partakers of Christ's 
suffering. To sum it all up in a few words, to suffer as a Christian 
proves the Christianity of the Bible true. 

If we accept Christ to be our Savior, and are in possession of 
Christianity, we become partakers of His suffering, we are children of 
God, and shall be heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ. If so, let us 
suffer with Him. And Paul takes us a bit further here, for he says that 
the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with 
the glory which shall be revealed in us. We are made to realize that 
the suffering for Christ is not to be compared with the joint heirship 
with Christ in glory. 

Christ's resurrection is the crowning proof of the reality of 
Christianity. For Paul says in (I Cor. 15) that if Christ is not risen our 
preaching is in vain, that he was a false witness, that our faith was 
vain, that we are in our sins, and all those who died in Christ are 



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perished. 

So we are happy in the reality of the Christianity of our Lord. And it 
is our privilege to accept it and live it to the enriching of life beyond 
human conception. 

OBITUARIES 

LEVI B. GIBBEL 

Bro. Levi Gibbel was born March 25, 1909, at Ephrata, Lancaster 
County, Pennsylvania and departed this life February 3, 1997. 

He was the son of the late Clayton and Lizzie (Becker) Gibbel. He 
was 87 years old. His wife Emma preceded him in death in 1989. 

He had several hospitalizations in the past year prior to being a 
guest at the Mount Hope Dunkard Brethren Home, Manheim, 
Pennsylvania since July. 

He was a member of the Conservative Baptist Brethren Church in 
the Frystown Congregation. He served as deacon and Sunday 
School teacher for most of his married life. 

He is survived by three daughters: Mary Kathryn, wife of Clair 
Graver, King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, Ada Ruth, wife of Paul 
Leininger, Denver, Pennsylvania and Nancy Anne, wife of Kenneth 
Rogers, Bethel, Pennsylvania, thirteen grandchildren, seventeen 
great grandchildren and a sister, Kathryn Gibbel, Ephrata, 
Pennsylvania. 

Funeral services were conducted in the Heidelberg Church of the 
Brethren on Friday, February 7, with Bro. Kenneth Leininger (a 
grandson), Elder George Longenecker and Elder Paul Hartz sharing 
in the services. Interment was in the Heidelberg Cemetery. 

Grandsons, David and Jonathan Rogers, Craig and Tim Graver, 
Victor Leininger and William Borkowski, grandson-in-law served as 
pall bearers. 

We wish to express appreciation to the staff at Mount Hope Home 
for the good care they gave to Dad and for all acts of kindness and 
sympathy shown to us during his illness and passing. 

The Family of Levi Gibbel 

AMY M. KEGERREIS 

Sister Amy Mildred (Gibbel) Kegerreis, born January I, 1916, at Mt. 
Aetna, Pennsylvania departed from this life, February 17, 1997, at the 
age of 81 years, 1 month and 16 days. She is survived by her 
husband, Elder James M. Kegerreis, 220 Narrows Drive, Lebanon, 
Pennsylvania 17046; three sons, Harold H. husband of Fern 
(Bernheisel), Bethel, Pennsylvania, David H., husband of Rhoda 



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(Longnecker), Bethel, Pennsylvania and Marlin R. at home. Four 
daughters, Fern E., wife of Verling H. Wolfe, Bethel, Pennsylvania, 
Darlene M., wife of Marlin M. Marks, York, Pennsylvania, Jean F., 
wife of Lamar E. Keeney, Denver, Pennsylvania, and Maxine S., wife 
of Kenneth E. Wilkerson, Fredericksburg, Pennsylvania, twenty 
grandchildren, thirty-four great-grandchildren. A brother Jacob Gibbel 
of Collins, Mississippi, and a sister, Mae Myers of York, Pennsylvania 
also survive. 

The funeral service was held Friday, February 21, 1997, at the 
Bethel Dunkard Brethren Church. Burial was in the Frystown 
Cemetery, Frystown, Pennsylvania. Elder Paul Hartz, Elder Rudy 
Shaffer and ministers Jason Reed and David Aungst officiated at the 
services. 

The family wishes to thank each of you who have remembered us 
in prayer, telephone calls of loving support, cards, visits, and flowers. 
May God bless each of you who has reached out to us in this time of 

sorrow. 

Her Journey's Just Begun 

Don't think of her as gone away- 

her journey's just begun, 
life holds so many facets- 

this earth is only one. 
Just think of her as resting 

from the sorrows and the tears 
in a place of warmth and comfort 

where there are no days and years. 
Think how she must be wishing 

that we could know today 
how nothing but our sadness 

can really pass away. 
And think of her as living 

in the hearts of those she touched... 
for nothing loved is ever lost- 

and she was loved so much. 

-Ellen Brenneman 
The Family 



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NEWS ITEMS 

QUINTER, KANSAS 

The District Meeting of the Third District will be held in Quinter, 
Kansas on April 12 to 13. The business meeting will begin at 9:00 
A.M., Saturday morning, April 12. Everyone is welcome and 
encouraged to come worship with us. If you can not join us, please 
be with us in prayer. 

Sister Beth Jamison, Cor. 

THANK YOU 

We would like to thank the Brethren and Sisters over the 
brotherhood for all the cards, letters, prayers, and telephone calls for 
our 60th wedding anniversary. May God richly bless you all for your 
kindness and love. Thank you. 

Brother Levi and Sister Grace Miller 

CARD OF THANKS 

Dear Brethren and Sisters, 

I wish to send my "Thanks" to each one who sent me birthday 
cards and gifts. It was quite a pleasure to receive so many and to 
read the many notes and letters contained therein. It brought tears of 
joy as I opened them. Wonderful! May the Lord richly bless each one 
who had a part. 

In Christian love, 
Sister Delia Ebling 

THANK YOU 

Dear Brothers, Sisters and Friends, 

I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who sent me 
cards, telephone calls, money and visits on my 80th birthday. It made 
us feel so good each day when the mail arrived and to sit down and 
open it. Again, we thank you and pray the Lord will bless each one. 

Brother Virgil A. Leatherman 



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DIRECTORY OF BOARDS 



BOARD OF TRUSTEES 

Dale E. Jamison, Chairman 
R.1 Box 137 
Quinter, KS 67752 

Dennis St. John, Secretary 

21397-B50 
Bryan, OH 43506 

Warren C.Smith, Treasurer 
26270 Highway 50 
McClave, CO 81057 

GENERAL MISSION 
BOARD 

Fred 0. Pifer, Chairman 
1734 240th Street 
Adel, IA 50003 

Robert Carpenter, Secretary 
R.5 Box 97 
Peru, IN 46970 

Dale E. Jamison, Treasurer 
R.1 Box 137 
Quinter, KS 67752 

Mike Wray 
31111 Combs Avenue 
Escalon, CA 95320 

Rudy Shaffer 
42 Doe Run Road 
Manheim, PA 17545 

Jacob C. Ness 
136 Homeland Road 
York, PA 17403 

Paul Stump 
10340 North Diamond Mill Rd. 
Englewood, OH 45322 

Milton Cook 
1138 E. 12th Street 
Beaumont, CA 92223 

BOARD OF PUBLICATION 

Paul Stump, Chairman 
10340 North Diamond Mill Rd. 
Englewood, OH 45322 



Jacob C. Ness, Secretary 
136 Homeland Road 
York, PA 17403 

H. Edward Johnson, Treasurer 
1307 S.H. 108 
Wauseon, OH 43567 

Fred 0. Pifer 
1734 240th Street 
Adel, IA 50003 

Mike Wray 

31111 Combs Avenue 
Escalon, CA 95320 

BIBLE STUDY BOARD 

James Meyers, Chairman 
2641 205th Street 
Dallas Center, IA 50063 

Dennis St.John, Secretary 

21397 County Road B50 

Bryan, OH 43506 
Rick St. John, Treasurer 

2578 County Road 20-2 

Archbold, OH 43502 
Marlin Marks 

3027 Acorn Lane 

Red Lion, PA 17356 
Mark Cordrey 

4025 Woodland Avenue 

Modesto, CA 95358 



RELIEF BOARD 

Henry Walker, Chairman 
12409 Terrace View Court 
Watertord, CA 95386 
(209) 874-2832 

Martin Meyers, Secretary 
2654 K Avenue 
Adel, IA 50003 
(515)993-3028 



William Carpenter, Treasurer 
8012 Cavender Street 
Morenci, Ml 49256 
(517)458-6535 

Virgil Leatherman 
419 North Queen Street 
Littlestown, PA 17340 
(717)359-5753 

Tom Jamison 
R.2 Box 30 
Hoxie, KS 67740 
(913)675-3600 

TORREON NAVAJO MISSION 

David Skiles, Superintendent 
HCR 79, Box 8 
Cuba, NM 87013 

Hayes Reed, Chairman 
1433 Overholtzer Drive 
Modesto, CA 95355 

James Meyers, Secretary 
2641 205th Street 
Dallas Center, IA 50063 

Marian Jamison, Treasurer 
Box 100 
Quinter, KS 67752 

Mike Wray 
31111 Combs Avenue 
Escalon, CA 95320 

Larry Andrews 
12306 East 203rd Street 
Raymore, MO 64083 

Ail contributions to the various 
Boards should be made out to 
the Treasury, but sent to the 
Secretary for his records. 



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VOL. LXXV 



APRIL 15, 1997 



NO. 8 



"For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



OUR WATCHWORD: Go into all 
the world and preach the gospel. 



OUR AIM: Be it our aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 



JESUS, AND SHALL IT EVER BE 

Jesus, and shall it ever be, 
A mortal man ashamed of thee: 
Ashamed of thee, whom angels praise, 
Whose glory shines thro' endless days? 

Ashamed of Jesus! sooner far 
Let evening blush to own a star! 
He sheds the beams of light divine 
O'er this benighted soul of mine. 

Ashamed of Jesus! just as soon 
Let morning be ashamed of noon: 
Tis midnight with my soul, till he, 
Bright Morning Star, bid darkness flee. 



Ashamed of Jesus! that dear friend 
On whom my hopes of heav'n depend! 
No! when I blush, be this my shame, 
That I no more revere his name. 
-Joseph Grigg 



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SAMSON THE WEAK STRONG MAN 

As we read in the Book of Judges concerning the mighty feats of strength 
performed by Samson, we marvel at his physical strength. He overcame great 
odds and delivered himself from many dangerous situations. Unfortunately, 
although Samson had this great physical strength, his spiritual strength did not 
equal it. Although he was brave and daring, he failed to use his strength as 
God had intended. 

The angel of the Lord appeared to Manoah and his wife to announce that 
though she had been barren, she would deliver a son. That son would be 
endued with extraordinary strength, so he could rid the land of the Philistine's 
domination. 

The people had repeatedly left the care and counsel of God. They had 
followed the various heathen, pagan gods, that the people around them 
worshipped. As they had drifted away from God, they eventually were 
overcome by their heathen neighbors. Other tribes had dominated them 
before, now it was the time of Philistine domination. As that domination 
worsened, the people began to cry unto God for deliverance. As their cries 
became more heartfelt, He determined to deliver them from their oppression. 
For this purpose he raised up Samson. 

When his impending birth was announced to his parents, they were given a 
message concerning the specialness of this child. From his birth, he was to be 
a Nazarite. During her pregnancy, his mother was not to eat or drink any 
product of the grape vine. A part of the Nazarite vow was that he could not eat 
or drink any product of the grape vine. It was required that a razor could not be 
used throughout the time the vow was upon him. Samson's strength was 

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identified with his uncut hair. The strength was actually from God, but He gave 
the strength in honor of the Nazarite's vow. The third requirement was that he 
could not touch a dead body. During the time of the vow, the Nazarite was to 
be separated and holy unto God. His life was to reflect his devotion to God 
through the keeping of his vow. 

Unlike most who were Nazarites, Samson had the vow upon him before his 
birth. It was to last his lifetime. Although his parents were concerned about 
raising him, we find that Samson, when he was grown, was not always as 
particular about his Nazarite vow as he should have been. Several times are 
recorded that show his disregard for the vow and his parent's teaching. 

As we follow Samson, we notice that despite his parent's efforts to mold a 
godly man, he was rebellious. He did not seek godly activities. When he 
sought a wife, he did not look amongst his own people. He found a wife 
amongst his people's enemies, the Philistines. He was determined to have her 
against his parent's advice. The circumstances surrounding his wedding 
caused him to get the best of some of the Philistines. His rebelliousness and 
anger were not the mark of a man separated unto God. He did not display 
holiness. 

He had fed his natural hunger with honey that had been formed inside the 
carcass of a lion, which he had killed with his bare hands some time before. 
His curiosity had led him to look for that lion's carcass. He had not only 
touched but had dug into the cavity of this dead animal to get the honey. Later 
he would win a great and celebrated battle by using the jawbone of an ass as a 
weapon. This was obviously handling a part of a dead animal. 

While there is no account of him using fermented drinks, it would not have 
been impossible since he was often involved in parties. He had killed the lion in 
the grape vineyards of Timnath. 

Eventually, Delilah was able to coax from him the source of his great 
strength. Although he deceived her several times before telling, each time he 
came closer to revealing the actual source of his strength. After his hair was 
cut, he became as weak as other men. When it had grown back in, he realized 
the futility of his life. He prayed one last time that God would give him enough 
strength to destroy the lords of the Philistines. In his death, he destroyed more 
Philistines than he had during his life. 

Although God had empowered him several times during his life that he might 
have victories over the Philistines, Samson had lost any desire to control 
himself. Although taught by his parents, he had not been mindful of the 
holiness that his vow required of him. He had been a weak strong man. 

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given, you have made a vow of separation and holiness unto the Lord. Your 
promises to God and the Church are as serious as Samson's. Will you be 
faithful? 

M.C.Cook 

AND NOW ABIDETH FAITH 

What is faith? How important is it? When I was a teenager, I was to give a 
talk on faith. I filled fifteen pages of tablet paper to use in my talk. The Bible 
definition is found in Heb. 11:1, "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, 
the evidence of things not seen." 

The opposite of faith is doubt and unbelief. The Apostle says this is sin. 
Rom. 14:23, "And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not 
of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin." 

Jesus often chided the disciples because of their doubt and unbelief. Matt. 
14:31, "And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and 
said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?" See Matt. 
17:17, Mark 4:40, Luke 24:25. 

One of the first things we want to notice is that we have faith in many things. 
We even have faith in some people. The most important thing, is that we have 
faith in God and in salvation through His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. Heb. 1 1 :6, 
"But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must 
believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him." 

The disciples prayed that their faith might be increased. We should too. 
Luke 17:5, "And the apostles said unto the Lord, Increase our faith." 

Isaiah 43:10-11, "Ye are my witnesses, saith the Lord, and my servant 
whom I have chosen; that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I 
am he: before me there was not God formed, neither shall there be after me. I, 
even I, am the Lord; and beside me there is no saviour." 

John 11:42, "And I knew that thou hearest me always: but because of the 
people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that thou hast sent me." 

John 14:29, "And now I have told you before it come to pass, that when it is 
come to pass, ye might believe." 

John 17:21, "That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in 
thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast 
sent me." 

John 20:30-31, "And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his 
disciples, which are not written in this book: But these are written, that ye might 
believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might 
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A true and abiding faith assures victory. I John 5:4-5, "For whatsoever is 
born of God overcometh the world; and this is the victory that overcometh the 
world, even our faith. Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that 
believeth that Jesus is the Son of God.?" 

Please read II Chron 20:1-30 noting that Jehosaphat had faith. Verse 20, 
"And they rose early in the morning, and went forth into the wilderness of 
Tekoa: and as they went forth, Jehoshaphat stood and said, Hear me, O Judah, 
and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem; Believe in the Lord your God, so shall ye be 
established; believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper." He also praised and 
worshipped God before the victory. Verse 18, "And Jehoshaphat bowed his 
head with his face to the ground: and all Judah and the inhabitants of 
Jerusalem fell before the Lord, worshipping the Lord." 

Caleb said in Joshua 14:12, "Now therefore give me this mountain, whereof 
the Lord spake in that day; for thou heardest in that day how the Anakims were 
there, and that the cities were great and fenced: if so be the Lord will be with 
me, then I shall be able to drive them out, as the Lord said." In Numbers 14:8, 
Joshua and Caleb said, "If the Lord delight in us, then he will bring us into this 
land, and give it us; a land which floweth with milk and honey." Verse 24 says, 
"And my servant Caleb, because he had another spirit with him, (a spirit of faith) 
and hath followed me fully, him will I bring into the land whereinto he went; and 
his seed shall possess it." 

We are justified by faith. Gen. 15:6, "And he (Abraham) believed in the Lord; 
and he counted it to him for righteousness." See Rom. 4:3, Hab. 2:4, "Behold, 
his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith." 
Acts 13:39, "And by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which 
ye could not be justified by the law of Moses." Rom 3:24-25, "Being justified 
freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God 
hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his 
righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of 
God." Verse 28, "Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without 
the deeds of the law." Rom. 5:1, "Therefore being justified by faith, we have 
peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ." Gal. 3:24-25, "Wherefore the 
law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by 
faith. But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster." 

Rom. 10:17, "So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of 
God." So the Word must be preached and believed. We need to be reminded 
again and again, so that our faith fail not. We pray that our faith may be 
increased. Luke 22:31-32, "And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan 
hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: But I have prayed for 



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thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy 
brethren." We need to pray for one another, that we may all stand by faith. 

John 6:28-29, "Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might 
work the works of God? Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work 
of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent." 

Heb. 1 1 tells us of many great men of faith. We are not taught any of them 
moved a mountain into the sea, but "Who through faith subdued kingdoms, 
wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, 
Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness 
were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the 
aliens. Women received their dead raised to life again: and others were 
tortured, not accepting deliverance that they might obtain a better resurrection: 
And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, more over of bonds 
and imprisonment: They were stoned, they were sawn asunder were tempted, 
were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; 
being destitute, afflicted, tormented; (Of whom the world was not worthy:) they 
wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth. 
And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the 
promise: God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us 
should not be made perfect." 

So if we have the faith that Abraham had we may with him enter into that 
city. Heb. 11:10, "For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose 
builder and maker is God." Verse 16, "But now they desire a better country, 
that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for 
he hath prepared for them a city." And if we have the faith that Moses had we 
also can receive the recompense of the reward. Heb. 11:25-26, "Choosing 
rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of 
sin for a season; Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the 
treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward." 

So all people of true faith shall be made perfect together. May we all be able 
to say as did the Apostle Paul in II Tim. 4:7, "I have fought a good fight, I have 
finished my course, I have kept the faith." 

May God bless you all 
Brother William Carpenter 



A MISSION WE CAN TRUST 

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at the Torreon Navajo Mission, I was seated next to a "grandmotherly-type" lady 
with a pleasant personality. She had stiff shoulders and fingers, so I was able 
to assist her with many things, like opening and closing her purse, bringing 
down her food tray, and tearing open the little packages containing food and 
tableware. I was also able to help with cutting up her food so she could eat it. 

After all this, she became quite talkative. She said she had prayed that a 
nice person would sit beside her. She was so thankful that a nice person had 
sat beside her. (Thank you, Lord! All the praise and glory to Him, for it's only 
by His grace!) 

The lady wondered where I was going. So I told her. After further 
questioning, she learned quite a bit about the Dunkard Brethren Mission among 
the Navajos at Torreon. She ended up giving me a donation to help with 
ministering to the Indian children. 

She was particularly concerned about organizations and ministries which 
claim to help needy children, yet less than ten percent of the donations, 
actually, ever get to the children. (I have a concern about that, too!) 

What a joy it was for me to be able to tell her of the Torreon Navajo Mission 
and School, where the donations are being used to help Navajo children and 
adults by a staff I could trust! 

No doubt, there are as many ideas about how to use the available funds as 
there are readers of this publication. The staff at the Torreon Navajo Mission 
have a strong sense that every dollar that is sent is God's money. They pray 
for His wisdom and guidance in making wise use of the available funds. 

I am thankful that if I would again be asked about a place that ministers to 
Indian Children, 1 could refer the inquirer to the Torreon Navajo Mission, whose 
staff I can trust. 

Respectfully Submitted, 
Brother Bob Lehigh 

SEVEN DAY CHRISTIAN 

Have we by habit become "Sunday Christians?" I challenge each one of us 
to really think about it and ask ourselves, "Am I a true full time seven day a 
week Christian or am I just a 'Sunday Christian'?" Do we dress up in our finest 
apparel, with Bible in hand, arrive early at the church service every Sunday 
morning, greeting one another with the Holy Kiss? Does our language consist 
of "Praise the Lord," "God Bless" and so forth? 

Then when the worship service has ended, home we go to a change of 
clothes, hanging our fine suits and dresses in the closet, along with our 
Christianity. We will not wear any of them again until next worship service? 



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Brethren and Sisters, does this sound familiar? 

Do we keep our Lord and Savior in our hearts the other six days of the 
week? Do we shine to the world: our neighbors, co-workers and class mates? 

I once knew a man who would be considered plain or conservative. In one 
breath he could act like the Lord's most wonderful and faithful follower, yet in 
the next breath he had the coldness of evil on his heart to put down a fellow co- 
worker because of a harmless characteristic the co-worker possessed. How 
many of us may be as guilty as this man? 

I once had the same difficulty in my life. In the setting I was once in, this was 
normal. "Look good for our peers," was all the Sunday worship service meant. 
I later began asking myself this question, "How would I act if Jesus Christ, 
Himself, was my partner all day at work or school?" I believe many of us would 
act very differently! Guess what? HE IS ALWAYS WITH US! It does not 
matter where we go, if anyone is watching, or if we are in a church service or 
not! He sees all our actions, hears everything we say and even knows our very 
thoughts! 

Scary, isn't it? Not really! Having the Lord with us can also be reassuring. 
Just the simple thought of knowing there is Someone always on our side to aid 
us in defending us against Satan's evil tactics to trip us in our daily walk with 
God. He is there to catch us if we might be tripped. 

So please, dear Christians, do not leave the Lord in the closet from Sunday 
to Sunday. Take Him with you wherever you may venture throughout the week. 
Let the world know you have Christ in your heart. 

Brother Steven R. Kline 
Lititz Congregation 

NEW VERSION THEOLOGY 

Continued from April 1 ,1997 issue 
Other Theology Questions 

II Tim. 2:15, we are instructed to study to shew ourselves approved unto 
God, but in the NIV we are to "present ourselves to God as one approved." Is 
study worthless in preparing our lives for service that we might be approved? I 
can present myself "as approved," yet because of my laziness not be approved 
of God. Further in I Tim. 4:15 we are instructed to meditate. NIV, "be diligent". 
To meditate is to open one's life to the instructions of God's word. To be 
diligent implies my action. I can be diligent in ministerial work as implied in the 
NIV and still forget the Word of God. 

Luke 4:4 states that man does not live by bread alone, but by every word of 
God. NIV deletes the "but by every word of God". So if man does not live by 



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bread alone, what else is he to live by? 

Acts 3:19 teaches us to repent and be converted. NIV just to repent. Is 
conversion not important? Am I still saved if I repent but am not converted, 
continuing to live in Sin. Are my sins still blotted out? 

Mark 10:24 speaks of those who trust in riches. It is hard for them to come 
to kingdom of God. NIV deletes riches. So, then, it is just plain hard for anyone 
to enter into the Kingdom of God. 

KJV: Matt. 18:7, "Woe unto the world because of offences! for it must needs 
be that offences come; but woe to that man by whom the offence cometh!" NIV: 
"Woe to the world because of the things that cause people to sin! Such things 
must come, but woe to the man through whom they come!" One who offends, 
sins, but I thought Christ was talking of the one who caused offences, hard 
feelings and so forth not just some sin or shortcoming which no one knew 
about. 

Heb. 9:7 speaks of the yearly great sacrifice of atonement being offered for 
the errors of the people. NIV states it was for sins committed in IGNORANCE. 
I thought it was for more than sins which were ignorantly committed. If it is not, 
then there is no hope for Israel. 

Matt. 21 :31 speaks of the people reverencing Christ. NIV puts it respect. To 
me reverence is a greater respect than just respect. It is regarding him as Holy 
and Sacred. 

Gen. 4:1 Eve stated, "I have gotten a man from the Lord." NIV: "With the 
help of the Lord I have brought forth a man." Are children a creation of God, or 
has God become the midwife, so to speak, but not the creator of every human 
being? 

I Cor. 16:2 they were instructed to lay aside as God had prospered them. In 
NIV, they were to set aside according to their income. Has God no influence on 
our financial affairs? 

Matt. 15:19 speaks of the evils of the heart. The NIV equates slander to the 
KJV blasphemy. I may slander an individual, but I can slander or blaspheme 
God. Blasphemy is a much greater sin. Similarly, Col. 2:9 NIV translates 
"blasphemy" as "anger". To me blasphemy is a much more significant sin than 
anger. Mark 7:2 "blasphemy" is translated as "slander". 

Rev. 2:9 the message is to the Church at Smyrna. "I know thy works and 
tribulation and poverty." NIV ignores their works, stressing their afflictions and 
poverty. Does this mean if I am afflicted and in poverty (but perhaps an evil 
blasphemer) I am still rich in God? 

Gal. 6:1 we are instructed to restore a fallen brother with meekness 
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"gently". I can restore gently, but still feel proud and superior, failing to have the 
meekness instructed in the KJV. 

Matt. 5:44. We are to pray for our enemies, love them, do good for them, 
and bless them, but the NIV lacks the instruction of our doing good to them. 
Now it is much easier to comply! 

Col. 4:12 Epaphras was praying that the Colosse church would stand perfect 
in the will of God. "Perfect" is translated "firm". I see quite a difference between 
perfection and firmness. In Heb. 9:9 it is discussed how sacrifices could not 
make one's service perfect, it is translated so as to clear the conscience of the 
worshiper. Atonement and God's forgiveness are different from relieving man's 
conscience. Further, in II Tim. 3:7 "That the man of God may be perfect..." No 
reference is made at all to this attribute in the NIV. In Eph. 4:13, and Phil. 3:15 
"perfect" is changed to "mature" (in age, ripeness or what?). Perfection in 
Christ is important to all the saints and their faith. Other references (II Tim. 3:7, 
Eph. 4:12, and so forth) change the meaning to "equip" or "prepare" and other 
terms. All of these terms lose some of the richness of the meaning of 
perfection. 

In Matt. 5:32, 19:9, Christ is speaking about who may put away his wife. He 
lists premarital fornication as the only reason. In NIV it is rendered as marital 
unfaithfulness. That is quite a difference in marital status. It broadens the 
justification for divorce. Further I understand the KJV to imply divorce is really a 
breaking of the engagement, not divorce as we understand it today. However 
the NIV would allow it for marital infidelity after one is married. 

The conclusion 
Brother Rudy Shaffer 

THE BIBLE SPEAKS TO YOUTH 

Marital Incompatibility 

There is no question that the American home is in trouble. The divorce rate 
speaks for itself. More significantly, divorce proceedings are never filed but 
what a meaningful marriage has long since died. The joy, sacredness and 
adventure as well as the unanimity are no longer there. Once radiant with the 
glow of love and trust, now two people glare at each other across the table that 
has widened over the years. Silence is broken only by a quarrel. The home, 
with its tenderness and sacred affection, has become shambles. 

Court dockets are glutted with divorces. Marriage counselors are besieged 
with people looking to marital incompatibility solutions. 

If you have observed one of these homes at close range, you realize why 
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strictly dictated by heaven. 

The media today makes stormy marriage the brunt of jokes but an unhappy 
marriage is far from funny. You have no doubt heard the axiom, "Marry in 
haste; repent at leisure." Remember this. A hasty marriage can hurt many 
people. Children are many times involved and they cannot escape the 
traumatic effects of constant quarreling and possible, eventual divorce. The 
delinquency problem in our nation stems primarily from the "lack of love" homes 
and a lack of love and supervision during the formative years. 

Hollywood has shaped the American concept of marriage and morals. This 
is tragic. How fully unqualified this source is. The actors and playwrights 
involved are frequently reliving the values that reflect their own lives. There is 
so much more to love and marriage than what we can see on television or hear 
in the lyrics of popular music. 

Many marriages are launched with one member of the team being grossly 
selfish. It is less possible to love a person and be heedless of his feelings and 
needs than to jump into a lake and not get wet. Love that does not share is not 
love. Love that allows for betrayal of one of its partners ends up in tragedy. 

One of the common complaints in marriage is that the husband and wife no 
longer enjoy each other's company. This can be due to a variety of reasons but 
frequently it is because of schedules that are just too busy today. We can be 
too busy with many things. In fact, I know some families that have been 
destroyed as a result of being too busy with their church work. Isn't it amazing 
that Satan can use this means to destroy God's institution? He will use any 
means he can to strain or destroy what should be beautiful and filled with 
harmony. 

Another term that is becoming obsolete is "homemaker." Many women have 
opted for careers away from the family and home. It is very difficult to make a 
home when she is seldom there. 

So, what is the solution? Simply stated, we need to get "back to the Bible." 
It is there that we find solutions to problems in the home. We need to become 
a little "old fashioned." It may seem "corny" to enjoy each other's company, to 
sing, to play games, just to be happy together. But, it used to work. It will work 
today. Activities need to revolve around the home and the family. Even 
education that involves the family unit helps to hold the home together. 
Certainly all of these things are worth a try if your home is in trouble. 

Pray. Pray that God will build your home on the solid foundation of 
compatibility, caring and gentleness. 

Brother Len Wertz 



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LITTLE SAID — MUCH LEARNED 

Part One 

We know very little about Epaphras. Oh! Let us rephrase that. Little is said 
about Epaphras. That's better, because from that little, we know a lot about 
him. 

Epaphras is mentioned only three times. In Philemon 23, Paul asks that he 
be saluted. In Colossians 1 :7, he is called a "dear fellow servant" and a "faithful 
minister." In Colossians 4:12, thirty-two words tell us the story of this great 
man. 

First, he is one of you. This portrays him as one of the group to whom Paul 
is writing. This establishes comradeship. He is a part of the fellowship. We 
tend to pay more attention to someone who is part of us over someone foreign. 
The next phrase is the highest compliment that can be said of anyone, "a 
servant of Christ!" After we see his greeting, "saluteth you", we are shown the 
proof that he indeed was a servant of Christ. Here is a man who is laboring 
fervently in prayer for others, that they might stand perfect and complete before 
God. 

How often do we labor fervently for ourselves and forget others? Do we 
sometimes not only forget to pray for others but rather degrade, slander, and 
ridicule them. We have an example in Epaphras that is not easy to follow, nor 
does it always seem popular. This man had a burning desire to help and to lift 
up his Brethren as they were faced with trials and temptations. 

So often when we see others fall short, we smirk and snicker. Apparently, 
we think that we are lifted a little higher when we see someone else put down. 
In reality this is not true. If we glory in seeing others fail and fall short, then we 
are the one losing favor in God's eyes. It is time for some self examination. 

The true follower of Christ will "rejoice with them that rejoice" and "weep with 
them that weep" and will mourn with them, or for them as need be. If they see 
a brother or sister sinking into sin they will fall on their face before God and beg 
for mercy for that person and petition God to call them back. 

If only we could pattern our lives after Epaphras. Be one of the group, serve 
Christ, labor fervently for others with a true concern, then you, too, might be 
close to that description of highest compliment, "servant of Christ." 

Brother Roger Swihart 
Quinter, KS 67752 



SIXTY YEARS AGO 

April 15, 1937 



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CAIN AND ABEL OFFERING 
John Sleppy 

There were two sons born to Adam and Eve. Cain was a tiller of the ground 
but his brother a keeper of sheep and in the process of time it came to pass 
that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the Lord, and Abel 
also brought the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. (Gen. 4:3-4). I 
judge from the above that Cain and Abel offered to the Lord a free will offering 
in respect to the Lord or as a token of love. Each son of Adam offered just what 
belonged to each one and what else could they do? (Vs. 4) And the Lord had 
respect unto Abel and to his offering, (Vs. 5) But unto Cain and to his offering 
he had not respect and Cain was very wroth (mad) (Vs. 6). The Lord said unto 
Cain (in short, what are you mad about?) That pleased Satan that Cain was 
mad. (Vs. 7). !f thou doest not well sin lieth at the door. Did Cain sin by 
offering to the Lord the fruit of the ground? The above is proof that he did sin. 
Do you think Cain had no faith with his offering? I think he had faith but not 
according to knowledge. He tilled the ground according to his knowledge. 

Now let us take the word of God to decide this great question. Turn to (Gen. 
3:17). Cursed is the ground for thy sake. If God would have had respect to 
Cain's offering, the Lord would have been Satan's victim because he had 
respect to that which grew out of the cursed ground. This curse remained on 
the ground until it was cleansed by water in the deluge in the days of Noah. 
The cursed period of the ground seems to be close to two-thousand, five- 
hundred years. (Gen. 5:28-29). And Lamach begat a son and he called his 
name Noah saying this same shall comfort us concerning our work and toil of 
our hands. Take notice, because the ground the Lord hath cursed. No wonder 
the Lord had no respect for Cain's offering. It seems that Satan swayed the 
scepter before the deluge just as he is doing in this day and age of the world. 
(Gen. 6:5-12). And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth 
and that every imagination of the thought of his heart was only evil continually. 
The same is true today. And God looked upon the earth and behold it was 
corrupt for all flesh had corrupted his ways upon the earth. Jesus said to His 
disciples, but as the days of No'e (Noah) were, so shall also the coming of the 
son of man be for as in the days that were before the flood they were eating 
and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, so shall also the coming of the 
son of man be. (Matt. 24:37). (Gen. 6:8). But Noah found grace in the eyes of 
the Lord and Noah did according unto all that the Lord commanded him. 

The earth had been cleansed. This brings us to the second dispensation. 
(Ex. 22:29.) Thou shalt not delay to offer the first of thy ripe fruits. The first of 
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Now the Lord had respect for the fruit offering of Jews because he ordered it. If 
the Jews neglected to offer the fruit of the land they sinned. Now under the 
third and last dispensation God requires a living offering. (Rom. 12:1) I 
beseech you therefore brethren, by the mercies of God that ye present your 
bodies, a living sacrifice or offering wholly acceptable unto God which is your 
reasonable service. The first man Adam is of the earth. We are all of Adam's 
race and need cleansing. Before the sacrifice let us draw near with a true heart 
in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience 
and our bodies washed with pure water. (Heb. 10:22). But ye are washed but 
ye are sanctified (set apart, separated from the world), but according to His 
mercy God saved us by the washing of regeneration (born again). See (Eph. 
5:26). That he might sanctify (free from sin, purified and set apart to holy use) 
and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word that he might present it to 
himself a glorious church. Pure religion and undefiled before God is this, and to 
keep himself unspotted from the world. Members of a church of the past and of 
the present that have been baptized for the remission of sins and full of spots 
and wrinkles of the world when they present their bodies as a living sacrifice to 
God in the sanctity of the altar of prayer full of spots and wrinkles of the world, 
that kind of offering is like Cain's offering. Dear brethren and sisters, I pray God 
that we keep ourselves from the wrinkles and ruts and styles of the world. 



FROM THE BRETHREN HYMNAL 

Hymn #602 
SOME SWEET DAY 
Some sweet day when life is o'er, 
We shall meet above; 
We shall greet those gone before, 
In that home above. 
In Isaiah 51:11 it says, "Therefore the redeemed of the Lord shall return, and 
come with singing unto Zion; and everlasting joy shail be upon their head: they 
shall obtain gladness and joy; and sorrow and mourning shall flee away." What 
a wonderful time, when we get there! Many times in hospital work we have 
seen those anxious for Heaven. Once, a dear old lady, near her time, was 
saying, "I want to go home." When asked what home she meant, she said, "My 
Heavenly Home!" 

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true, but no one in all honesty wants to go to Hell, either. We do not hear too 
many saying they look forward to dying and going to Heaven, yet Christ died 
that we would go there. Praise the Lord for this wonderful gift! 

Trials here below we meet, 
Sorrow, pain, and care; 
In that happy home so sweet, 
Joy and peace we'll share. 
What a difference! Behold, all things become new! That which pained us all 
our lives will be done away, no more suffering, no more care. Nothing but joy 
and peace will be ours at the feet of our dear Savior! No more persecution. No 
more death. We will live with Him forever! 

Are you ready to meet Jesus? Do you share that Blessed Hope of Eternal 
Salvation? I hope to see you someday in that home above. 

Brother Lynn H. Miller 
RD2 Box 561 
Newmanstown, PA 17073 

NEWS ITEMS 

ENGLEWOOD, OHIO 

The Angels are rejoicing and so are we at the Englewood Congregation for 

the precious souls that have decided to walk with us to the realms of Glory: 

Mindy, wife of Tim Kauffman by former baptism and Ken and Teresa Brown 

by baptism. Please pray that our Sovereign God will give each of us wisdom 

and spiritual growth. 

Sister Ruth Speicher, Cor. 

THANK YOU 

The kind expressions for Wesleyis 80th Birthday were greatly appreciated. 
May the Lord richly reward. 

Wesley and Ruth Speicher 

DIRECTORY OF INFORMATION 

The area code for Sis. Delia Ebling of the Bethel Congregation is now 610. 

WEST FULTON, OHIO 

The West Fulton Congregation is looking forward to their Lovefeast on 
April 26 and 27. Services will start at 11:00 on Saturday. Remember these 
services in your prayers. All are welcome to come and worship with us. 

Sister Dianne Heisey, Cor. 



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ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS FOR MAY 1997 

May 4 - Faithfulness And Purity -Titus 1:1-16. 

1 . For what cause did Paul leave Titus in Crete? 

2. How can we profess to know God but in works deny Him? 
May 1 1 - MOTHER'S DAY - Luke 1 :26-60. 

1 . Why did God choose Mary as the mother of His Son? 

2. How did Elizabeth know Mary was going to be the mother ofJesus? 
May 18 - The Significance of Sound Doctrine - Titus 2:1-15. 

1 . What are "the things which become sound doctrine"? 

2. What is "the grace of God that bringeth salvation" which has 
"appeared to all men"? 

May 25 - Saved By Grace - Titus 3:1-15. 

1 . How can we "be ready to every good work"? 

2. How are we "justified by His (God's) grace"? 

YOUNG PEOPLE'S SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS FOR 

MAY 1997 

May 4 - The Prodigal Son - Luke 15:1 1-32. 

1 . Why did the father restore the prodigal to sonship immediately 
upon his return? 

2. Was the older son justified in being angry? Explain. 
May 11 - MOTHERS - 1 Sam. 1:23, Luke 1:41-46, II Tim. 1:5. 

1 . What did Mary mean, "My soul doth magnify the Lord"? 

2. How much faith was necessary for Mary to believe that the things 
"told her from the Lord" would be performed? 

May 18 -The Unjust Steward - Luke 16:1-13. 

1 . Was the steward doing the right thing when he reduced the 
amounts owed to his master? 

2. What is "the unrighteous mammon"? 

May 25 - The Sheep - Matt. 18:12-13, Matt. 25:31-46, Luke 15:1-7. 

1 . Explain the symbolism Jesus used in calling the righteous, sheep 
and the unrighteous, goats? 

2. Who are the "ninety and nine just persons, which need no 
repentance"? 

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VOL. LXXV 



MAY1, 1997 



NO. 9 



"For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



OUR WATCHWORD: Go into all 
the world and preach the gospel. 



OUR AIM: Be it our aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 



SUN OF MY SOUL 

Sun of my soul, Thou Savior dear, 
It is not night if Thou be near; 
O may no earthborn cloud arise 
To draw Thee from Thy servant's eye. 

When the soft dews of kindly sleep 
My wearied eyelids gently steep, 
Be my last thought, how sweet to rest 
Forever on my Savior's breast. 

Abide with me from morn till eve, 
For without Thee I cannot live; 
Abide with me when night is nigh, 
For without Thee I dare not die. 



Be near to bless me when I wake, 
Ere thro' the world my way I take, 
Abide with me till in Thy love 
I lose myself in heaven above. 

-John Kepler 



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SPECIFIC PRAYER 

Public prayers include many general requests covering a broad 
range of topics and events. Not all subjects are fit for public 
disclosure through prayer. Public prayer is a part of our worship and 
witness. 

Private prayer is an experience between the one praying and God. 
Private prayer is closet prayer, where the world is shut out. Not only 
should the one praying be concentrating upon his relationship with 
God as expressed through the words and thoughts of his prayer, but 
he should shut out the cares and interests of his surrounding world. 
Others may not see him in his real or imaginary closet, but they may 
intrude upon his thoughts. 

Any concern may be a proper subject for private prayer. The more 
personal the subject the more needful to have private prayer 
concerning it. Anything that bothers a Christian should be a subject 
of prayer. Many of these concerns might be very embarassing if 
uttered in public. We do not like to reveal our weaknesses nor our 
failures even to those closest to us. We need to be sharing our 
deepest concerns with God. Even when sharing with others, we need 
to take the problem to God, for other humans may not know the 
correct answer to our problem. Just as we desire expert advice in our 
temporal affairs, we should seek the expert input of God in the littlest 
and the biggest affairs of our lives. 

When we are solving any problem we must approach the problem 
through its various parts. Most problems are too complicated to solve 
in one operation. Problems in life usually can not be solved like 



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mathematic problems in a textbook. Sometimes we are not even sure 
of what equations to use. So we must take the problem apart and 
solve each individual part of it. As each part is solved, we can move 
on to the next part. Eventually if we use the right procedures and 
have enough persistance we can solve the problem. The problems 
we face in life can not always be broken down so cleverly as a 
problem of arithmatic. Still, there are specific parts to our problems. 
We need to make these specific parts a matter of specific prayer. 

To attack a problem by an unorganized assault upon it will yield 
mostly confusion and noise. It is like an army engaged in a battle 
without a properly organized and disciplined group of soldiers. If each 
soldier operates according to his own plan and cooperates with no 
one else, the battle is lost. Each part of that army must concentrate 
upon it's assigned objective. Some objectives are larger than others, 
but all have a part in the success or failure of the army in battle. 

The problems of life demand organization and discipline. God has 
not left His people without some instruction and organization to help 
them accomplish what He desires to have done in that life. When 
there are problems He is nearby to offer aid. He wants to be 
approached with the specific problem that keeps one of His children 
from being successful in the battles of life. 

Whether an official or a laymember, each member has problems 
that face him. It may be a decision concerning attending a certain 
event in the community. There may be a question within the 
Christian's mind whether it is appropriate to attend or not. If he does 
not find a definite scriptural endorsement or denial of the proposed 
activity, he needs to seek God's advice. God's answer may come in 
various ways. Events may transpire to make it possible or impossible 
to attend the event in question. He may be directed to scripture that 
he had overlooked. He may have brought to mind various reasons 
that would affect his participation. Even though the event may not be 
evil within itself, the influence of the Christian may be lessened by his 
involvement. His witness may be weakened before weak members or 
non-members who are watching him as an example of righteous 
living. Officials face problems within their congregations and in their 
Church board work that call for going to their knees to seek the Lord's 
direction. They can best get answers by breaking their problem down 
into specific parts. They can better deal with these specifics than with 
the whole range of problems before them. 

Whoever we are, whatever our problems and needs, we need to 
divide them into specific segments that are easier to deal with, as we 
carry them to our prayer closet. Many times just the exercise of 



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defining the problem will help to open the mind to the solution of the 
problem. Getting specific as we approach God with our problem will 
help us solve the problem as He responds to our call for help. 

Whether you pray in generalities or in specifics, continue to pray. 
Pray often. Pray now. 

M.C.Cook 

HELP! I NEED A PLUMBER, MY SPIRITUAL LIFE IS LEAKING 

Mr. Homeowner calls Mr. Plumber Fit-it-Quik with the following 
request, "I have no water for my family. I need your help, as soon as 
possible. Can you help?" 

The plumber answers that he can help. Mr. Plumber Fix-it-Quik 
arrives, looks over the situation and tells the homeowner, "I can not fix 
it quick. You will need to find another plumber." So he goes on to 
another job that he can fix quickly. He fattens his bank account, while 
Mr. Homeowner is left with no solution to his problem. 

Mr. Homeowner returns to the telephone book and calls Mr. 
Plumber-I-Care. 

Mr. Plumber-I-Care arrives, looks at the problem, shakes his head 
and tells Mr. Homeowner, "This problem is far too much for me today, 
however, I know a Master Plumber who will be able to help find a 
solution." 

The Master Plumber along with Mr. Plumber-I-Care started the 
repair job by first of all fixing the water pump and finished the job by 
repairing the leaks in the pipes. Mr. Homeowner and his family were 
grateful for the work performed by both the Master Plumber and Mr. 
Plumber-I-Care. Because both plumbers worked together, the family 
was able to enjoy a home, where the water was flowing and hot. 
They also knew if a problem were to arise again, there was a place to 
go. 

Today many people are in desperate need for spiritual help much 
like Mr. Homeowner was in trouble. We find these people turning to 
the churches around them, which could include your church. If they 
come to your door, are you going to be giving them a quick fix or are 
they going to be introduced to the Master? There never was a 
problem too large for Jesus. If we, as a church, are willing to point 
those in need to the Master, they will find help that will be a life 
changing experience. Let all of us be a Mr. Christian-I-Care. 

Brother Jim Eberly 
Terre Hill, PA. 



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THE BIBLE SPEAKS TO YOUTH 

What does God look like? 

thJ^ 6 r U < ^ wondered what G °d looks like? I would imagine 
that most of us have a mental image of Him. Some see Him as a 
benign old man with a flowing beard and long robe...others see Him 
as a terrifying Superman with bulging muscles. Others see Him as 
He is painted on the Sistine Chapel ceiling by Michelangelo 

Is it really important that we know what God looks like? Isn't a 
presence more important than a form? Much of the time the' thing we 
reaNy love in a person is who they are and not what they look like 

Do you even think of a face when you think of God? We know He 
has a face because the Word often speaks of the face of God Many 

ga"e h n% d O H D ,S ,SR C EAL Adam "* *" "" *"* "" ^'^ ifl the 

nnt A nft° U ?K- ^ ^ ^ ^ "^ "^ '" HJS 0Wn '«™&. We do 

not often think of H.m looking like us so much as we think of Who and 
spedfications. " "*'* **" "* h redUC ^ Him t0 human 

God took the form of a man when He came in the person of Jesus 
Christ. He was then a "visible" man. 

We can look into the mind of God through the creation. In all of His 

ZuTZ^ T H ! m - We leam that God thinks - P |ans a ^ reasons 
much as we do, only with infallibility. 

knnJTL" th0U9 D We C f nn0t ViSUalize God in P h V sical terms, we do 
know He is a Personality. He speaks and is understood by man He 
answers prayers. He performs miracles in response to prayer. God 
does things when we pray and ask that He would not otherwise do 

Similarly, we do things for our children that we would not do if we 
were not asked. It is rather absurd to think of life as all "preset" with 
no change of course. If my son asked for a bicycle I did not give him 
a wagon. So it is with God. Our lives move as He gives as He 
blesses, and as He moves within us. 

a i Th t ^communicates the important fact that God loves The 
Almighty God has this awesome characteristic. He is a lover of man 
He desires that we love Him back and that we choose the right paths 
in life. His love does allow for choices. 

God did not create us to be in the situation we are in today He did 

would a hL«nh° Stea ' ^ ChSat and fi9ht - His desire was not *al we 
nn I «f? P 6me and become moral| y ^cadent. He did not put us 
on earth to corrupt and pollute it. These are all perversions of His 
loving and perfect plan. 

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aspect of His nature which we learn from the Bible. All God asks of 
us, His highest creation, is to love in response. He desires that we 
love Him because of His love nature and His justice. 

It is illogical to think a Holy God could allow anyone to share 
Heaven with Him if he hated Him. If everyone were destined to go to 
Heaven, it just would be another earth, full of right and wrong, love 
and hate, and good and bad. 

God actually pleads for our love. He gives us incentives when we 
love Him and are obedient. "God so loved the world..." Because He 
loved the world, He has the right to expect us to respond to His love 
with love. That is all He asks. 

He has done everything for us that a good Father would do for his 
family. He has given us the gift of life. He has provided us with all of 
the necessities of life. He has given us many special bonuses. All he 
asks in return is for a heartfelt love that leads to obedience. Is that 
asking too much of us? It is a small price to pay for the love of God. 

Yes, we can know what God looks like from His Word. Best of all, 
we can KNOW HIM. By looking at Jesus and by trusting Him as our 
Savior, we see God. GOD LOOKS LIKE JESUS. It is a simple 
answer to a profound question. 

Brother Len Wertz 

SPIRITUAL CLONING 

!l Timothy 3:5, "Having a form of godliness, but denying the power 
thereof: from such turn away." 

II Corinthians 10:12, "For we dare not make ourselves of the 
number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: 
but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing 
themselves among themselves, are not wise." 

The subject of evolution is becoming a regular feature in the 
newspapers over the country. The announcement of the cloning of 
sheep and then monkeys has caused quite a stir. Some newspapers 
have boldly announced that Science has created life. 

In the first place we have no way of knowing if cloning actually took 
place. We are fully convinced that the vast majority of evolutionary 
claims are highly embellished. If the cloning of animals has taken 
place, science has still not created life. They have merely re- 
produced life. Science cannot even tell you what life is. They can 
talk about amino acids, cells and other bodily physiology, but they are 
just as much in the dark as anyone else as to what takes place when 
a living body becomes a dead corpse. 

The work of cloning started out in the plant world. It has produced 



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the hybrid seed which is a hardier product but cannot be used for re- 
planting after growing to maturity. The first venture into the animal 
world was not actual cloning but taking two different species, such as 
a horse and a donkey, producing an offspring. This also resulted in 
animals that can not re-produce. Cloning claims to bypass the natural 
reproduction process. We seriously doubt that God will allow the 
cloning of humans. If this would be accomplished, it would be 
because God has permitted it to happen. 

We are persuaded that scientific cloning need not cause us to be 
overly concerned. However we see a portion of church life that we 
have named Spiritual cloning which does cause us concern. As we 
stated, scientific cloning claims to bypass the natural reproduction 
process. There is a supernatural process by which humankind is 
born into the kingdom of God. Spiritual cloning seeks to bypass this 
supernatural process. 

The process starts out by the Holy Spirit bringing conviction to an 
individual's heart. We can understand this to be our spiritual 
conception. Spiritual cloning seeks to bypass this supernatural action 
by implementing various entertainments and other manmade 
innovations. The earthly church has become a theater, a restaurant, 
and in some instances even a gambling house. Very little true Holy 
Spirit preaching and teaching is available. 

We respect those who dress their children in plain garb because of 
personal conviction. We also see a danger in doing this. This can be 
another avenue to Spiritual cloning. Some are deluded into believing 
that plain dress is their salvation. They never come to the point of 
personal salvation. Closely related is raising our children in a Church 
atmosphere. We rejoice that many raise their children with the 
teaching of moral values. However we should never leave them 
under the impression that moral values are salvation. This can 
merely be another means of Spiritual cloning. 

The Apostle Paul warns us that we can have a form of godliness 
but deny the power thereof. We believe that God puts His blessing 
on church membership. We are convinced that a Christian should be 
a part of a body of believers, who uphold the Bible as the infallible 
Word of God. Where manmade wisdom replaces the power of the 
Word of God we have the result of spiritual cloning. 

There are those who teach that baptism has nothing to do with our 
salvation. We are convinced that the Brethren teaching that baptism 
is the final act of salvation is scriptural. Baptism without true 
repentance and the work of the Holy Spirit in an individual's heart is 
merely Spiritual cloning. 



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Spiritual cloning usually results in comparing ourselves with some 
that commend themselves and comparing ourselves among 
ourselves. Many feel secure in the Lord while refusing to follow 
scriptural teachings because the majority of earthly Christianity 
ignores or even refutes them. On the other hand, many feel secure 
because they are merely following the commandments of man. 
Neither of these will suffice. . 

Let us desire to go beyond Spiritual cloning to a genuine born I 

again experience and to follow the Word of God into all Truth. \ 

Brother James M. Hite 

816 E. Birch St. 

Palmyra, PA 17078-2704 

FROM THE BRETHREN HYMNAL 

Hymn #568 
THERE IS A HAPPY LAND 
John 14:2, "In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not 
so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you." 
There is a happy land, Bright, bright as day; 
There saints in glory stand, In glad array: 
O, how they sweetly sing - worthy is the Saviour King! 
Loud let His praises ring for evermore. 
No person talks much about Heaven except the one who is 
anxious to go. If we are planning a trip to a far-away place, we have 
much to do to get ready. We need to make travel plans, get our shots 
and our passport and visas, and have our clothes and belongings 
ready. If we are visiting friends, we look forward to seeing them 
again. Our trip to Heaven will be a lot different from an earthly one. 
Once we become a child of God we begin to lay up treasure for that 
journey. The travel plans, and when we make the trip, are in the 
hands of God. We only need to ready our soul for that journey. We 
all have loved ones who have gone on ahead. We look forward to 
seeing them again. The closer we get to the realization of our 
journey, the more anxious we become. 

Early in my Christian experience, God saw fit to put me in contact 
with many about to cross over. Though their bodies were dying, their 
faith was undying. They were not only looking forward to seeing 
Jesus and walking on the streets of Gold, but they wanted me to join 
them. One dear old sister spoke to me. I can still hear her say, "Oh, 
son, don't you want to go there?" Several times she spoke these 
words to me. The song says: 

Come to this happy land, Come, come away: 



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Why will ye doubting stand? Why still delay? 
O', we shall happy be! When from sin and sorrow free, 
Lord we shall live with thee, Blest evermore. 
Looking back we realize what we must do to attain this place. We 
must, forsaking everything else, embrace the Saviour and heed the 
Word of God, being obedient to the precepts taught therein. The 
Christian life is a walk of faith, for it is Christ alone that saves us. We 
have no power to save ourselves, so we must trust Him daily. We 
also know what the scriptures teach about Hell. We know that it is a 
place of eternal torment, a place of thick darkness, and the absence of 
God. To avoid this place we must trust in the Lord. Heaven is a far 
more beautiful place than we can ever imagine, because Jesus is 
there! What will it be like when we see Him? Are you willing to take 
this journey with me? Why still delay? 

Brother Lynn H. Miller 
RD2 Box 561 
Newmanstown, PA 17073 

CHURCH, WAKE UP! 

The time is at hand, God's six day work week is almost at an end. 
When God created the earth, He worked six days. He made, blessed 
and sanctified the seventh day and set it aside for rest and worship. 
Gen. 2:1-3. A day is as a thousand years and a thousand years as 
one day in God's sight. II Peter 3:8. He gave this completed earth to 
turn, produce and furnish man a living for six thousand years. Read 
Psalms 115:16. 

In all those years the earth has followed the course He set for it. 
The oceans and all waters, all vegetation, and so forth, as He made 
them have not violated His plan through day and night, rain and 
sunshine, winter and summer, cold and heat. Only man has violated 
His laws many times. He has been severely punished for doing so. 

That six thousand year span has almost been fulfilled. Now man is 
again facing the wrath of both man and God. God will destroy this 
world of wickedness and usher in His (Christ's) one thousand year 
sabbatical rest period. He will reign with His Saints on earth, while 
Satan is chained in the bottomless pit where he cannot tempt and lead 
men astray anymore until Christ looses him one thousand years later. 
Rev. 20:1-3. 

Can we imagine how wonderful it will be to live and reign with King 
Jesus for one thousand years? We cannot imagine the peace and 
beauty of such a life. God's Ten Commandments will be the law of all 



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the earth without wars. Even the wild animals will be so tame that 
they will not hurt a child. What great things we have to strive for. 

People seem to think all the time that all is okay. They work, they 
play, they eat and satisfy the lusts of the eye, the lust of the flesh and 
the pride of life as though time will last forever, while they watch the 
television, VCR and enjoy other pleasures. I feel like a voice crying in 
the wilderness. 

If you read the prophecies of the last days in the Bible with an open 
mind willing to learn, with a heart desiring to know the truth, with a 
willingness and desire to obey, God will reveal to you His truths. 
Read the daily news and ask yourself the question, "What is lacking 
to fulfill the prophecies but the wrath of man and God?" 

We should search for the pearl of great price in God's Word daily. 
He will open the Scriptures, written thousands of years ago, for us 
today. Study the scriptures to discover God's will in your life. Be sure 
the devil has been shut out, because he is a great deceiver and can 
easily trip the student with his deceptions. Never let the devil deceive 
and tell you it is not necessary to do something, when God says that it 
is Do not study to argue or promote a long taught misconception. 
Be sure to use a reliable version of the Bible. (Beware of recent 
versions. Use a version that is old and dependable.) Go for what the 
Bible says. There are churches and splinter groups of believers 
without number. All have varying beliefs, changed more or less, here 
and there, to suit each group. What will pass with God is the doing of 
His will and His will only. 

Do not listen to people who say, "Christ did it all, we have nothing 
to do " Right, we are saved by faith, but our works with our faith seals 
us with Christ. James says in James 2:26, "Faith without works is 
dead." We are commanded to be doers of the Word and not hearers 
only Christ said, "if ye love me you will keep my commandments". 
Please read John 14:15-21 and 15:10. Rev. 22:14 says, "Blessed are 
they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree 
of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city." The Bible 
definitely connects faith and works. Baptism is the third act of 
repentance and the first act of works. It, thereby, ties together 
conversion and a life of works for Christ. We must be sure we give 
our drinks of water and do all our works in Christ's name. They are 
not to be done in our name for the praise of men or we may cancel 
our heavenly credit. . 

The prophetic writings of Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Daniel, David, 
Solomon, the minor prophets, Christ and the Apostle John plus others 
are rich in information for latter day study, NOW. How my heart 






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yearns for the old time prayer meeting and Bible study when people 
were not too busy to gather together one evening a week. They could 
pray for the sick in body and soul and whatever else was needful. 
They could show themselves unto Christ and get their souls prepared 
to meet the Lord at His coming so they could go with Him to the 
marriage supper of the Lamb at the end of this age. 

The foolish virgins are the unprepared who will be as the world of 
people in Noah's day and in Sodom and Gomorrah before the water 
and the fiery brimstone took them away. We are living in the evil end 
time in pleasures and sins of all kinds. People continue to follow the 
crowd in their revelry much the same as the people of Israel did right 
up to the time they were carried away to Babylon, when their beautiful 
city of Jerusalem destroyed. 

Which are we traveling, the narrow road or the broad road? Many 
people are traveling the broad way where they have lots of company. 
Very, very few are traveling the narrow road. I believe we are in a 
testing period now. The Lord's angel is marking His bride saints. It is 
high time to search our hearts and prepare to meet our maker and 
Redeemer. We will soon experience the greatest holocaust this world 
has ever experienced. 

One day as I was sewing these words came to me. I jotted them 
down. I hope they encourage my readers as much as they did me. 

When we get to Heaven 

Won't it be wonderful there 

In that home bright and fair 

There will be cheer for the lonely 

And comfort for the sad. 

Cheer up brother and sister 

Prepare for the meeting in the sky 

That will last forever with the saints of all ages 

Streets of gold, gates of pearl 

With Yashua King of Glory 

And hosts of angels bright 

Singing, Hallelujah PRAISE THE LAMB. 

Sister Ruth M. Snyder 
6159 Garrett Highway 
Oakland, MD 21550 

SIXTY YEARS AGO 

May 1,1937 

WATCHMAN, WHAT OF THE NIGHT? 

L, W. Beery 

With the fulfillment of prophecy regarding the period of time just 

preceding the return of our Lord to earth to be seen on every hand, 



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we should give some thought as to what our lot as Christian people 
will be, as we approach the end. The scriptures speak of various 
matters along this line which should be of interest to us. 

With the forces of evil coming into control in so many ways and 
coming out more boldly, it appears as if it will require a greater effort 
on the part of Christian people to maintain their integrity and keep 
their forces operating successfully. In fact, the indications are that it 
will necessitate a great struggle, and then we may not be able to 
accomplish very much; rather, it seems from several scriptural 
statements given us, that for a time the efforts and influence of 
Christian people on the earth will be brought to naught by the evil 
power which shall come into control. 

In the book of Daniel are some passages that read much like some 
of the statements in revelations on this matter. In chapter seven 
verses 21 and 25 read like this: "I behold, and the same horn made 
war with the saints, and prevailed against them.. .and he shall speak 
great words against the most High and shall wear out the saints of the 
most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be 
given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time." In 
the thirteenth chapter of Revelations where it speaks of the "beast" it 
states, "and he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God to 
blaspheme His name, and His tabernacle, and them that dwell in 
heaven. And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and 
to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds' and 
tongues, and nations." (verses 6-7). There are other references on 
this matter but these are sufficient for the points we have in mind. 

There are three things of importance mentioned in these 
references which we wish to notice briefly. First, it appears that there 
will be a "beast" or evil power arise that shall come into control of the 
whole earth, "all kindreds, and tongues, and nations." Evidently all 
civil government will act as this power dictates and the will of the 
beast (blasphemy and extermination of truth) will be reflected in the 
laws and regulations that govern all people living on the earth at that 
time. 

Second, this evil power will "make war" with the saints who are 
living on earth at that time. This will likely be a one-sided warfare for 
the people of God do not resort to carnal warfare. Since this is to be 
a godless power and one that will blaspheme God and all things 
sacred, naturally it will manifest a hostile attitude toward Christian 
people who live under its jurisdiction. Since the term war is used, it 
appears that this power in control will exercise active opposition and 
strive violently against the church of the Living God. Again, since civil 



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government will be under the direction of this power it is easy to see 
how this warfare or violent opposition could be carried on. The rulers 
of the various nations of the earth could enact laws that would bring 
severe persecution and oppression upon Christian people, and which 
would be aimed at the devastation and disintegration of the church 
organization. All church property might be confiscated, religious 
freedom denied, our earthly possessions might be plundered and 
destroyed and all religious literature might be forbidden circulation in 
the mails. Under these conditions the church would be in great 
duress. An expression in the passage from Daniel gives some light 
on the matter where it says this evil power will "wear out" the saints of 
the most High. Evidently in this period of time the church will be 
continually harassed and oppressed to the extent that they will be in 
great trouble, anxiety and perplexity. 

Third, the saints or Christians will be delivered into the power and 
control of the beast for a time. According to the visions of Daniel and 
John the Revelator the evil one "prevailed against them. ..they shall be 
given into his hand.. .and to overcome them." From the language 
used in these references it appears that the warfare or severe 
opposition waged by the evil one against the saints shall be 
successful to the extent that it will result in the devastation and 
disintegration of the church. During this time no doubt many faithful 
ones will be imprisoned and slain because they will not renounce 
Christ and yield to the evil power. Under such conditions it seems 
about the only thing that the followers of Christ could do would be to 
get together in little bands and worship in secret as time and 
opportunity provided. 

It appears from the scriptural references dealing with this matter, 
that this period of time during which the beast shall be in power will be 
of short duration and then the Lord will come for His people. "For 
then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of 
the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. And except those days 
shall be shortened, there shall no flesh be saved: but for the elect's 
sake those days shall be shortened." (Matt. 24:21-22). 

It seems impossible that such conditions as these scriptures 
indicate could ever exist in this so called "Christian" America, the land 
of the free and the home of the brave, but in view of present 
developments these very conditions are threatening us this very hour. 

"Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the 
Son of man cometh." (Matt. 24:44). 



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OBITUARY 

FAE KASZA 

Sis. Fae Virginia (Reed) Kasza entered into this world on March 
28, 1932, and departed this life March 9, 1997, at home. She was 64 
years old. She was the eighth child and first daughter born to William 
Sherman and Mary Jane (Jameson) Reed of rural Ferris, Illinois. 

On May 26, 1956, she was married to Bro. Eugene Kasza of 
McClave, Colorado. Fae was a loving, dedicated wife and mother. 
She and Eugene have four children and twenty-one grandchildren. 

She gave her heart to the Lord in the summer of 1950 and was 
baptized into the Dunkard Brethren Church at Dallas Center, Iowa. 
She was a faithful member of the Church until her death. 

She had a special way of encouraging others in the faith especially 
her grandchildren. She was a member of the Gideon's Auxiliary and 
the Marshall Quilt Guild. Her hobbies included quilting and sewing for 
her grandchildren. 

Fae was preceded in death by her parents and two brothers, Kyle 
and Lloyd. 

She is survived by her husband, Eugene and their four children, 
Becky and Kevin Funk of Dallas Center, Iowa, Tim and Mary Lou 
Kasza of Shelby, Michigan, Russell and Laura Kasza of Higginsville, 
Missouri and Marlene and Dennis Meyers of Adel, Iowa, and twenty 
one grandchildren: Peter, Zachary, Mark, Rhoda, Betsy, and Matthias 
Funk, Elizabeth, Ezra, Samuel, Philip, Esther, and Priscilla Kasza, 
Andrew, Jennifer, and David Kasza, Owen, Valerie, Scott, Amanda, 
Wesley and Patricia Meyers. Six brothers and their wives and two 
sisters and their husbands survive her; Elbert and Jan of Des Moines, 
Iowa, Millard and Irene of Bull Shoals, Arkansas, Ray and Beulah of 
Dallas Center, Iowa, William and Leona of Quinter, Kansas, John and 
Lorraine of Des Moines, Iowa, Oty and Juanita of McClave, Colorado; 
Edna and Ivon Wertz of McClave, Colorado and Ruth and Galen 
Haldeman of Dallas Center, Iowa, a sister-in-law Lena Reed of 
Bethel, Pennsylvania, a brother-in-law Willard Kasza and wife Maxine 
of McClave, Colorado and many nieces and nephews. 

Services were held, Wednesday, March 12, 1997, at 1:30 at the 
Campbell-Lewis Funeral Home with Bros. Mark Andrews and Leonard 
Wertz officiating. She was laid to rest at Ridge Park Cemetery, 
Marshall, Missouri. 

Thank you, all, for the many cards and letters of encouragement 
sent throughout Sis. Fae's illness. They were greatly appreciated. 

Bro. Eugene Kasza and family 



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NEWS ITEM 

GENERAL CONFERENCE 

June6-ll, 1997 
The Lord willing General Conference will be held at Maranatha 
Bible Camp, Maxwell, Nebraska, located 13 miles east of North 
Platte, Nebraska, on Interstate 80. Get off of Interstate 80 at the 
Maxwell, Nebraska exit, then 1/2 mile south to the frontage road, then 
west to the grounds. (Approximately 1 1/2 miles.) 

You need to bring your own bedding and pillows. Bedding will be 
provided for those coming by plane or bus. Those coming by plane or 
bus to North Platte, can call the grounds for someone to pick them up. 
There is no bus station at Maxwell. 
Send reservations to: 

Bro. Jerry Moss Bro. Marvin Haldeman 

2475 240th St. Box 304 

Dallas Center, IA 50063 Quinter, KS 67752 

Address of grounds: 

Maranatha Bible Camp 
H C O Box 51 
Maxwell, NB 69151-9715 
Telephone 308-582-4516 

Bro. Carl E. Reed 
Locating Committee 

NOTICE 

Paul and Carolyn Mellott and family and Elizabeth Hebb and family 

will host an Open House for Homer and Rosalee Mellott to celebrate 

their 50th Wedding Anniversary. Open house will be May 18, 1997, 

at the Pine Grove Church of the Brethren, Swallow Falls, Maryland 

from 2:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M. Those wanting to send cards, their 

address is* 

Homer and Rosalee Mellott 

1375 Mellott Rd. 

Oakland, MD 21550-9805 



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Dale E. Jamison, Chairman 
R.1 Box 137 
Quinter, KS 67752 

Dennis St. John, Secretary 
21397-B50 
Bryan, OH 43506 

Warren C.Smith, Treasurer 

26270 Highway 50 
McClave, CO 81057 

GENERAL MISSION 
BOARD 

Fred 0. Piter, Chairman 

1734 240th Street 

Adel, IA 50003 
Robert Carpenter, Secretary 

R.5Box97 

Peru, IN 46970 
Dale E. Jamison, Treasurer 

R.1 Box 137 

Quinter, KS 67752 

Mike Wray 
31111 Combs Avenue 
Escalon, CA 95320 

Rudy Shaffer 
42 Doe Run Road 
Manheim, PA 17545 

Jacob C. Ness 
136 Homeland Road 
York, PA 17403 

Paul Stump 
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Englewood, OH 45322 

Milton Cook 
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Beaumont, CA 92223 

BOARD OF PUBLICATION 

Paul Stump, Chairman 
10340 North Diamond Mill Rd. 
Englewood, OH 45322 



Jacob C. Ness, Secretary 

136 Homeland Road 

York, PA 17403 
H. Edward Johnson, Treasurer 

1307 S.H. 108 

Wauseon, OH 43567 

Fred 0. Pifer 
1734 240th Street 
Adel, IA 50003 

Mike Wray 
31111 Combs Avenue 
Escalon, CA 95320 

BIBLE STUDY BOARD 

James Meyers, Chairman 

2641 205th Street 

Dallas Center, IA 50063 
Dennis St.John, Secretary 

21397 County Road B50 

Bryan, OH 43506 
Rick St. John, Treasurer 

2578 County Road 20-2 

Archbold, OH 43502 
Marlin Marks 

3027 Acorn Lane 

Red Lion, PA 17356 

Mark Cordrey 
4025 Woodland Avenue 
Modesto, CA 95358 

RELIEF BOARD 

Henry Walker, Chairman 
12409 Terrace View Court 
Waterford,CA 95386 
(209) 874-2832 

Martin Meyers, Secretary 
2654 K Avenue 
Adel, IA 50003 
(515)993-3028 



William Carpenter, Treasurer 
8012 Cavender Street 
Morenci, Ml 49256 
(517)458-6535 

Virgil Leatherman 
419 North Queen Street 
Littlestown, PA 17340 
{717)359-5753 

Tom Jamison 
R.2 Box 30 
Hoxie, KS 67740 

(913)675-3600 

TORREON NAVAJO MISSION 

David Skiles, Superintendent 

HCR79,Box8 

Cuba, NM 87013 
Hayes Reed, Chairman 

1433 Overholtzer Drive 

Modesto, CA 95355 
James Meyers, Secretary 

2641 205th Street 

Dallas Center, IA 50063 
Marian Jamison, Treasurer 

Box 100 

Quinter, KS 67752 

Mike Wray 
31111 Combs Avenue 
Escalon, CA 95320 

Larry Andrews 
12306 East 203rd Street 
Raymore, MO 64083 

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VOL. LXXV 



MAY 15, 1997 



NO. 10 



"For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



OUR WATCHWORD: Go into all 
the world and preach the gospel. 



OUR AIM: Be it our aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 



THE ARMIES OF THE SKIES 

Ten thousand times ten thousand 

In sparkling raiment bright, 
The armies of the ransomed saints 

Throng up the steeps of light. 
Tis finished, all is finished, 

Their flight with death and sin; 
Fling open wide the golden gates 

And let the victors in. 

What rush of hallelujahs 

Fill all the earth and sky! 
What ringing of a thousand harps 

Bespeaks the triumph nigh! 
O day for which creation 

And all its tribes were made; 
O joy, for all its former woes 

A thousand-fold repaid! 

O then what raptured greetings 

On Canaan's happy shore, 
What knitting severed friendships up 

Where partings are no more! 
Then eyes with joy shall sparkle, 

That brimmed with tears of late; 
Orphans no longer fatherless, 

Nor widows desolate. 

-Henry Alford 



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FAMILY REUNION 

During the Summer many families gather for their annual reunions. 
It is a time for becoming reacquainted with the Aunts, Uncles, 
Cousins and various other relatives. Depending on the family, the 
members may be drawn from a relatively small geographical area or 
from an area spread across many states. The members of some 
families may be very much alike. They not only have a physical 
similarity, but also a psychological, educational and religious 
similarity. Other families are very diverse. The members of those 
families may not agree on much of anything, whether religious, 
political, or economic. The one thing everyone at a family reunion 
does agree on is that the food is good. 

There is another, annual family reunion, although it is not called a 
family reunion. General Conference is a reunion of God's earthly 
family. The Brethren and Sisters gather from a wide geographical 
area. Many will not have seen each other since the last Conference 
that they both attended. It is a time for becoming reacquainted. It is a 
time to catch up on family and congregational news. As the members 
become better acquainted their love and concern for each other can 
increase. The sharing of everyday events and feelings can knit 
together those who are usually far from one another. 

Of course there are more reasons to gather together at General 
Conference than to discuss personal and temporal affairs. The 
meeting is dedicated to the sharing of the Word of God. There are 
several seasons set aside for the proclaiming of the preached word. 
The preaching of the Gospel is not one man sharing his opinions, 
ideas and tangents. Preaching is the delivering of a message from 

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God to His people. It may be evangelistic, prophetic, doctrinal or 
pietistic. Whatever its subject, it is to be an authoritative message 
delivered by the minister with the expectation that it will be obeyed. 
Preaching is not just an exercise in wordsmithing and oratorical skill. 
Handling God's Word is a serious business. It is not a matter of 
humor, dramatics and entertainment, but of a message proclaiming 
eternal life for those who will accept the offered plan of salvation. It is 
a message that will instruct in a lifestyle that will bring true blessings 
to the one who will obey. 

Besides the fellowship and the preaching, General Conference is 
the time when the business of the Church is conducted. Whether by 
vote or acclamation, decisions are made that will affect the future 
course of the Church. The business of Standing Committee is to look 
into the various problems, questions and proposed actions that affect 
individuals, congregations, districts or the Brotherhood at large. 
Standing Committee does not discuss the queries that are before that 
year's General Conference. During the General Conference business 
session, queries and reports are discussed and acted upon. The 
decisions of General Conference are transmitted to the several 
congregations through the minutes of that meeting. 

Although all those who congregate at General Conference would 
not agree upon every item, there is a Brotherly love demonstrated 
that makes disagreements less nasty than would be expected. 
Although Brethren might disagree they need not fall out of love with 
each other. They can continue to worship and work together for the 
increase of the Church and for the Lord's honor and glory. Those 
who disagree the sharpest with each other, if they would compare 
their beliefs over the whole range of what they believe, would find that 
they actually agree on over ninety-five percent of their beliefs. The 
business of the Church is serious business. It deserves the prayers 
and concern of all members, whether present or not. This business 
should be of such importance that all, not only the delegates, would 
be present for the business session. There, the views of all present 
may be made known. Those making the final decision will have the 
moral support of others. 

General Conference is but a foretaste of the greatest family 
reunion of all. When God's family gathers for that eternal reunion in 
Heaven, all family reunions and General Conferences, on Earth, will 
pale into insignificance. The reunion in Heaven will be an everlasting 
reunion. There will be no parting scenes as happens when God's 
people gather here on Earth. To be gathered there with God, the 
Father, the Son, and The Holy Ghost and all the saints of the past 
ages will be a reunion to surpass all reunions we have ever known 
here. 



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Are you attending a family reunion this Summer? Are you 
attending General Conference this year? Are you prepared to spend 
an eternity with God in that greatest of all Family Reunions? 

M.C.Cook 

THE CHRISTIAN AND POLITICAL PARTICIPATION 

Christians and governments have had conflicts since the birth of 
Christianity. The Apostles, when charged by the Jewish authorities 
not to teach in Christ's name, responded by saying, "We ought to 
obey God rather than man" Acts 5:29. Recently, a proposed 
amendment to an education bill created considerable concern to 
Christian Schools and Home Schoolers. 

What should the Christian's response be when his convictions 
conflict with governmental demands? Should Christians use the 
political process to encourage social betterment? What does the 
Bible reveal on this issue? How has the Church historically 
responded to such problems? In the Christian community today there 
is a great diversity of answers given to these questions. 

Historically, there have been several issues in America in which the 
church has become involved. Slavery, temperance, the peace 
movement, abortion, women's rights and gay rights are examples of 
issues that have. affected society-at-large. The church became 
actively involved and in some instances is still involved. Refusing 
military service, refusing to pay "war taxes", and educational issues 
would be examples of concerns that have more directly involved 
Christians rather than society as a whole. 

It may be of particular interest for us to examine some of the issues 
in which the Brethren became involved with the government. Their 
attitudes and responses in the conflicts and concerns they 
encountered are useful to us as learning experiences. 

The first major conflict between the government and the Brethren, 
after they had arrived in America from Europe, occurred during the 
Revolutionary War. The viewpoint of the "patriots" and the viewpoint 
of the Brethren were not the same. 

The Brethren had fled from persecution in Europe. They were 
deeply grateful toward the British Crown for providing them a haven, 
where they could worship God as they thought right. The Brethren 
were not convinced that God had removed the rightful authority from 
the English Monarch and had given it to those who were fighting 
against the King. 

When the conflict broke out it was not an issue with the Brethren as 
to whether they would or would not bear arms and fight. The 
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held. 

On November 7, 1775 the German Baptists [Brethren] and the 
Mennonites jointly submitted a document to the Pennsylvania General 
Assembly stating their position in relation to the hostilities that had 
broken out earlier that year. The main points of this document we find 
in these excerpts: 

"We have dedicated ourselves to serve all men in everything that 
can be helpful to the preservation of men's lives, but we find no 
freedom in giving, or doing, or assisting in anything whereby men's 
lives are destroyed or hurt. We are also ready to pay the tribute. 
We are also willing to be subject to the higher powers." 
There were three main issues on which these Brethren as a group 
were called upon to determine a course of action. One issue arose 
when the Pennsylvania legislature enacted a law in 1777 requiring an 
oath of allegiance or an "attest" from her citizens. Annual Meeting of 
1778 responded with this directive: 

"After much reflection, in the fear of the Lord, it has been 
concluded in union that the brethren who have taken the attest 
should recall it before a justice, and give up their certificate, and 
recall and apologize in their churches, and truly repent of their error. 
If they cannot do this, and instead justify themselves, the apostle 
exhorts us that we should withdraw ourselves from every brother 
who conducts himself wrongly, and such brother will be deprived of 
the kiss of fellowship, of the council and of the breaking of bread, 
until he becomes obedient again." 

The Brethren felt they could not give their support or allegiance to 
the conflict that was raging. 

Two other issues the Brethren had to deal with were the hiring of 
substitutes to serve in the rebel militia and the matter of whether to 
pay taxes that supported the war. Again, we turn to their written 
records to discover their response. 

"Inasmuch as at the great meeting in Conestoga last year, it was 
unanimously concluded that we should not pay the substitute 
money; but inasmuch as it has been overlooked here and there and 
some have not regarded it, therefore we, the assembled brethren, 
exhort in union all brethren everywhere to hold themselves guiltless 
and take no part in war or bloodshedding, which might take place if 
we would voluntarily pay for hiring men, or yet more if we became 
agents to collect such money. But concerning the tax, it is 
considered that on account of the troublesome times and in order to 
avoid offense, we might follow the example of Christ (Matt. 17:24- 
17). Yet, if one does not see it so and thinks perhaps, he for 
conscience sake could not pay it, but bear with others who pay in 



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patience, we would willingly go along inasmuch as we deem the 

overruling of conscience to be wrong." 

What do we learn from these Brethren? We note their humility and 
willingness to be subject to "higher powers". We see that they gave 
their congregations some firm direction as to a course to follow in 
those troubling times. We also see their willingness to give some 
room for individual conscience on the matter of "war taxes". For their 
faith and convictions they faced consequences. They had to pay 
heavy fines in some instances, while others had possessions and 
properties confiscated by the authorities. There were even some 
scattered cases of brutality. In the end, they preserved a clear 
conscience before their God. 

To be continued 
Brother Dennis St. John 

HOSPITALITY — A COMMAND OF GOD 

In the New Testament we are taught that being hospitable is a very 
important part of the Christian life. God makes it clear that we need 
to be friendly to all men, not just the upper class or the cordial, but 
everyone. 

Hospitality is much more than just having people come visit us. 
Our job as a host should include warmly welcoming them, making 
them feel at home and comfortable, and meeting their needs as best 
we can while they are at our house. We should prepare nice meals 
for them, not being extravagant, but not hoarding our good foods for 
ourselves either. If we know something special our guest likes, we 
should try to fit it in the menu, being willing to share what we have 
with them, realizing that all we have is not really ours but the Lord's. 

We need to be sensitive to our guest's feelings. They may be very 
tired after a long trip, and delight in time to rest, or they might be 
wishing to keep busy and need an activity to attend. We should plan 
events to keep them busy so they can enjoy their stay to the fullest, 
keeping their needs before our own. The Bible gives us an example 
of this in I Kings 17. The Prophet Elijah stopped at a widow's house 
and asked her to make a cake for him to eat. The young widow was 
very poor and only had enough supplies to make one more cake for 
her and her only son. Then they would die of hunger. But Elijah said 
that God would supply all her needs if she would only have faith and 
give what she had to supply his need. The widow obeyed, and God 
did bless her richly with food to sustain them. Following God's 
commands may require sacrifice, but He always has multitudes of 
blessings waiting for us if the job is done willingly! Jesus gave us the 
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Jesus also says we must serve and not expect anything in return, 
especially if our guests are poor and in need of a helping hand. 
Hospitality is a character trait that is very important to God, and He 
expects us as His children to help others of His creation. 

We do not have to waif for people to ask if they may stay at our 
place — we should make the first move and make them feel 
welcomed anytime. It should be known that our home is a hospitality 
center, and is open all the time. Yes, we will need to meet new 
people and faces, but they might turn out to be some of our dearest, 
closest friends in the future. 

As we prepare our place for visitors, get it tidy and clean. We 
should wash the beds and be happy to share them. We should make 
our rooms cheery and inviting, maybe even bringing in a bouquet of 
fresh flowers. Something cooking or baking lends to warmth. We 
should prepare to have good, worthwhile conversations, asking them 
questions like: "Where were you born and raised?" "Who has 
influenced you most in life?" "How were you led to Christ?" We can 
find out more about our guest and probably be encouraged too. 

A guest book is a great way of remembering our visitors and 
bringing back many good memories of our time spent together. 
Always in our serving, we should show a gracious, sweet spirit and 
touch guest's lives with Christ's love. 

Romans 12:13, "Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to 
hospitality." 

Sister Janell Meyers 

THE SONS OF KOHATH 

Numbers 7:4, 5, 6, 9, "And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 
Take it of them, that they may be to do the service of the tabernacle 
of the congregation; and thou shalt give them unto the Levites, to 
every man according to his service. And Moses took the wagons and 
the oxen, and gave them unto the Levites. ..But unto the sons of 
Kohath he gave none: because the service of the sanctuary belonging 
unto them was that they should bear upon their shoulders." 

The Levites were a special people within the Israelite nation. They 
were set apart for the work of the Lord. Even among these set apart 
individuals, we find a group of people with a special service. We find 
three spiritual lessons in the special duties assigned to the sons of 
Kohath. 

First of all we find that they were not given wagons and oxen. We 
find in this the spiritual truth of walking with the Lord in place of 
"riding" the trends of the world. There are many who are willing to call 
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the world to follow Christ. The subject of how we should attire 
ourselves is a real thorn in the flesh for some. The majority of the 
adherents of Christianity refuse to even discuss the subject of modest 
dress. Each individual is allowed to dress as their conscience leads 
them. We are entering the season of the year when the results will be 
obvious. For a large segment of the plain churches plain hats and 
bonnets are no longer an issue, unless they are ridiculed. It seems 
that fewer and fewer are wearing the plain coat and in those 
denominations who still observe it, it is taken off as soon as weather 
permits, often replaced with a jacket with a collar, and put on only 
when the weather get very cold, and then often only for special 
occasions such as Lovefeast. The line of separation from the world in 
worldly pleasures is becoming very obscure. God is the final judge as 
to who are His true children, but we are convinced that the true 
examples of God's set apart people are those who are willing to look 
and live differently from the world. 

Secondly, we find that they were willing to serve without receiving 
"paid benefits." We see in this the spiritual lesson of dedication 
without worldly remuneration. Our Elders and ministers are a perfect 
example of this. While they faithfully labor for the Lord, while holding 
down a job, it is often without proper respect and gratitude. We are 
certain that there are faithful individuals who are a part of the paid 
ministry. We believe they have the blessing of God upon them as 
they faithfully expound His Word and feed the flock. However, there 
are those who only desire to have the riches of this world. The Bible 
teaches that a leader in the Church should not be greedy of filthy 
lucre. Only God knows the hearts of those who literally have made 
millions of dollars through their "ministry." We are persuaded that 
those in the free ministry have a special blessing from God. There is 
also a lesson in this for the layman. Do we drop a dollar bill in the 
collection plate, then send large sums to those who are already rich in 
this world's goods? When we do something for the Church, do we 
always expect to be paid for it. Do we use our time, effort and money 
to help spread the gospel and to uphold the truth without expecting 
God to bless us financially? We are persuaded that God will bless us 
and supply our needs if we give to His work. Monetary blessing 
should not be our motive. 

Finally, we find that the service belonging to the sons of Kohath 
was that they should bear upon their shoulders. Are we willing to take 
the hard tasks upon our shoulders for the Lord? Not everyone is 
called to witness to the drug addict, the alcoholic, the prostitute, and 
other "low life" individuals. Would we be willing to go if the Lord called 
us to do so? Another aspect of this taking the load upon our 



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shoulders is taking responsibility for our actions. In Galatians 6:2 we 
read, "Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ." 
We also read in verses 4 and 5 of this chapter, "But let every man 
prove his own work, and; then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, 
and not in another. For every man shall bear his own burden." 

We believe God desires for each of us to be spiritual sons (and 
daughters) of Kohath. He will not give us "wagons and oxen" but He 
has given the Holy Spirit to aid us. May our desire be to serve Him 
more faithfully. 

Brother James M. Hite 
816 E. Birch St. 
Palmyra, PA 17078-2704 

GOD IS LOVE 

"God," that three-lettered word brings up all sorts of images to 
modern man. To many, the word represents someone unknown. To 
some, it is a word to be feared. But to those of us who know God 
intimately, the name brings to mind thoughts of love, kindness, mercy 
and an ever-present friend. 

God is Sovereign. More than that, "God is God". No human being 
can ever be God, for God is greater than His creation. He who 
creates is greater than he who is created. God is Sovereign because 
He is the one in control of His creation. He has given man the 
freedom to choose right or wrong, good or evil, God or Satan, Heaven 
or Hell. He lets us make our own choices. 

God does not change His mind. He never makes a mistake. Any 
study of God's Sovereignty must enlarge our understanding of God's 
greatness. The children's prayer at dinnertime: "God is great, God is 
good. Let us thank Him for our food", expresses it so simply, yet so 
well. Indeed God is great. He created our world with a 
pronouncement from Heaven. He can destroy it with a wave of His 
hand. The more we obey God, the more we discover that He has our 
best interests at heart. The more we learn to trust God, the more we 
love Him. 

Once we settle that God is God, then we resolve that He should be 
served. In serving Him, we learn that He is good. Because He is 
good, we come to love Him. Love is the result of our knowing and 
trusting Him. Virtues result from obeying God. We must obey God as 
the Sovereign one, who rules over our lives. 

God's love must be expressed and it is. The Bible says, in Romans 
5:8, "But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were 
yet sinners, Christ died for us." 

Psalm 100:3, "Know ye that the Lord he is God: if is he that hath 



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made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of 
his pasture," 

In the world we shall have tribulation, "But be of good cheer, I have 
overcome the world." John 16:33b. 

The love of God is something that must happen deep inside our 
hearts. It is not enough that Jesus Christ died on the cross for you 
and me. The death of Jesus Christ on the cross of Calvary was 
God's greatest expression of His love — reaching out to us. On the 
cross God reached out to us, to touch us and to save us! 

Let us strive to love God more each day as we remember how 
much Jesus suffered on the cross for us. 

Sister Myrtle Broadwater 
Shrewsbury Congregation 

GATHER UP THE FRAGMENTS 

John 6:12, "When they were filled, he said unto his disciples, 
Gather up the fragments that remain, that nothing be lost." 

Matthew 18:12, "How think ye? if a man have an hundred sheep, 
and one of them be gone astray, doth he not leave the ninety and 
nine, and goeth into the mountains, and seeketh that which is gone 
astray?" 

The Bible tells us in Matthew 16:26 that a man's soul is worth more 
than the whole world. It seems that mankind is busy trying to find out 
what the world is worth, and how they can accumulate their share of 
it. With many it takes an earth-shattering event or the loss of a loved 
one to get them interested in their souls. 

We can learn from the teachings of Jesus that He believed small 
things to be important. In the feeding of the multitude He made sure 
that the leftovers were collected. He taught about the flock of sheep 
and how the shepherd would strike out even if only one were missing. 
Do not think that your life is insignificant to the Lord. Some say that 
they are not important enough to matter to God, yet even a sparrow 
shall not fall to the ground without Him knowing. (Matt. 10:29) We 
are told in the next verse that even the hairs of our heads are 
numbered. Jesus said in John 6:39, "And this is the Father's will 
which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose 
nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day." 

Though the Lord puts much value on those who have gone astray, 
the stragglers and the insignificant, many times mortals do not. 
Heaven forbid that the church would ever lose its fire for souls. The 
church needs new people - new blood - in order to survive. In Acts 
2:47 it says that the Lord added to the church daily such as should be 
saved. We are told in I Corinthians 12:11 that every Christian has a 



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gift and a purpose in the Kingdom of God: "But all these (the Spiritual 
Gifts) worketh that one and selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man 
severally as he will." The Holy Spirit divides the abilities and gifts 
between the children of God. Every Christian, regardless of his 
talents, is important to the Body. 

Jesus admonished His disciples to "Gather up the fragments that 
remain, that nothing be lost." When a soul leaves the church, many 
say, "Good riddance." This person may have caused trouble, or 
perhaps just did not fit in. They may have been more trouble than 
you thought they were worth, but Jesus looked at them differently. He 
was that shepherd that left the ninety and nine and went into the 
mountains to find me, that sheep which was gone astray. 

In I Peter 2:5, Peter compares individual Christians to "lively 
stones. ..built up a spiritual house." We are a collective building, 
mortared together by the Holy Ghost. Who chooses the stones for 
the building? The builder, or course, puts the building together. Do 
we realize the importance of this body and our part in it? 

What tho' the gates of hell withstood, 

Yet must this building rise; 

Tis thine own work, Almighty God, 

And wondrous in our eyes. 

Brother Lynn H. Miller 
RD2 Box 561 
Newmanstown, PA 17073 

INTERCESSION 

The Supernatural 
Continued from April 15, 1997 Issue 

God does have power over all aspects of the natural. He does 
work there, however that is not His specialty. We have a certain 
amount of power in that realm, so He leaves a lot of that up to us. His 
specialty is the supernatural. God can do anything He wants to do 
including things that totally defy the human mind and comprehension. 
We as humans have no actual power there, so our only recourse is 
through God. 

Believe it or not, we can influence God to work in supernatural 
ways. That influence is gained through prayer. If our heart is right 
before God and our prayers are earnest, we are capable of being 
instrumental in mighty, spiritual works. Angels are standing ready to 
heed God's commands. Many of those commands are influenced by 
praying saints, even to the pulling down of strongholds. II Corinthians 
10:3-4, "For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: 
(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through 



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God to the pulling down of strongholds;)" Keep this in mind when 

reading part three and four. 

Brother Roger Swihart 
Quinter, KS 67752 

SIXTY YEARS AGO 

May 15, 1937 

SHALL WE TAKE COUNSEL OF GOD OR MAN? 

Ida M. Helm 

Each one of us have at times important decisions to make and we 
feel the need of counsel to determine the best course to pursue that 
the desired end may be attained. There is benefit in wise counsel 
and danger in evil counsel. The decisions we make are colored by 
the counsel we take and the influence of our decisions reaches out 
and colors other lives. 

The twelfth chapter of first Kings tells us how Rehoboam forsook 
the wise counsel of the old men though the ripe advice they gave they 
had gained from years of experience under the reign of King David, 
the man after God's own heart. Rehoboam, by following the counsel 
of his young courtiers and rejecting the wise counsel of the old men, 
plunged his kingdom into irreparable damage and was compelled to 
flee for his life. 

In every important department of life, whether it be business, the 
ministry of the Word, marriage or whatever it be, wise counsel is 
needed. Counselors for guidance need to be very carefully chosen to 
be competent to guide aright in the matter to be considered. 
Rehoboam made his irreparable mistake, not by rejecting counsel, 
but by choosing incompetent and foolish counselors and allowing 
himself to be guided by them. A wise man said, "There are many 
devices in a man's heart, nevertheless the counsel of the Lord that 
shall stand." (Prov. 19:27). Men's devices fail and leave sorrow and 
disappointment in their wake, but giving heed to the counsel of the 
righteous brings rich blessings, peace of mind and stability. 

"Who hath dictated to the Spirit of the Lord, or being his counselor, 
hath taught him?" "All nations before him are as nothing; and they 
are counted to him less than nothing, and vanity." (Isaiah 40:13, 17). 

How futile are the devices that men make in their own hearts, 
despising and ignoring the eternal counsel of God, before whose 
power the nations are but light as straw before the wind. The early 
church took counsel of the most spiritual and God-fearing men in 
making their decisions. In (Acts 25:25) we read, "It seemed good 
unto us. ..to send chosen men unto you with our beloved Barnabas 
and Paul. Men that have hazarded their lives for the name of our 



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Lord Jesus Christ.. .for it seemed good to the Holy Ghost and to us, to 
lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things." These 
holy men of God would not take one step without first humbly and 
prayerfully counseling God. In the light of Jesus teaching the Holy 
spirit inwardly guided and set His seal on the decisions they came to 
in their council meeting and the church carried out externally and 
ecclesiastical authority of the decisions vested in the church by God. 
In the counsel of God there is power. Herein lies secret strength. 
Jesus rules the universe; His wisdom and counsel hangs over our 
heads ready to lead us into light, righteousness, life and peace 
whether we choose to look up and see Him with hands outstretched 
to us or not. His counsel is immutable, it is eternal. 

In the book of Nehemiah we read of a people that were taking evil 
counsel against God's people, but God's people put their trust in their 
Creator and they had a mind to do God's work and they put their 
whole heart and strength and soul and mind to work for God as He 
had counseled His people and God brought the evil counsel of the 
enemy to naught and the work of His people was crowned with 
success. 

Job thought that he was a good counselor and at one time God 
condemned him for making dark the plan of God when he spake 
where he did not understand. Job was too bold in expressing his 
opinion of God's plan without first counseling God and making sure 
he had the will of the Deity when speaking. When God is speaking 
we often fail to hear His voice because of our divided attention. 
Perhaps we are listening to human voices around us and perhaps 
giving heed to unwise counsel. If we close our ears to the babble of 
voices around us and give heed to God as He speaks to us through 
His word and to Spirit-filled men of God who are walking with Jesus 
every day we can truthfully say, "Now we have received not the spirit 
of the world but the Spirit which is of God. What things also we 
speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the 
Holy Ghost teacheth." (I Cor. 2:12-13). 

The Apostle Paul counsels his spiritual son, Timothy, to fight the 
good fight of faith. Listen! His counsel is for us also, "Lay hold on 
eternal life whereunto thou art also called and hast prepared a good 
profession before many witnesses." (I Tim. 6:12). We are repeatedly 
warned to fight against the flesh, realizing if we lose the fight against 
the flesh and allow the works of the flesh to be manifest in our life is 
to jeopardize our heavenly inheritance. Tor all that is in the world, 
the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, an the pride of life, is not 
of the Father but is of the world." (I John 2:16). We must gain the 
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God. Paul counsels us to have on the whole armor of God that we 
may be able to stand before the subtle adversary that comes 
sometimes as a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour and 
sometimes he comes transformed as an angel of light. 

To the lukewarm, self-righteous Laodiceans God said, "I counsel 
thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and 
white raiment that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy 
nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eye salve that 
thou mayest see. As many as I love I rebuke and chasten: be 
zealous therefore and repent." (Rev. 4:18-19). 

Paul's counsels are very wise and tender and personal. He 
counsels his spiritual son, Timothy, to watch and be faithful in 
preaching the Word and not "gag" the truth, the Word or shun to 
declare the whole counsel of God. When Paul lived slavery was 
rampant in the Roman world. There were more slaves than free men. 
No one could be more cruel and heartless than a Roman master to 
his slaves if he was inclined that way. However, not all of the masters 
were so tyrannical and heartless and occasionally one was kind 
hearted. Paul writing to Timothy exhorts, "Let as many servants as 
are under the yoke count their own master worthy of all honor, that 
the name of God and His doctrine be not blasphemed. And they that 
have believing masters, let them not despise them, because they are 
brethren; but rather do them service, because they are faithful and 
beloved, partakers of the benefits. These things teach and exhort." (I 
Tim. 6:1-2). He exhorts masters to forbear threatening, to treat their 
servants with singleness of heart, "As unto Christ." He says, "Your 
Master also is in heaven; neither is there respect of persons with 
Him." Paul's teaching is that all have one Divine parentage, all have 
alike been redeemed by the atoning blood of God's Son, Jesus 
Christ. All are alike servants of Jesus Christ and thus all are alike 
bondsmen in the only service that is free. Paul nowhere counsels 
anyone to take up arms in war or to fight in any army or at any time. 

When Jesus was crucified St. Luke tells us, "Behold there was a 
man named Joseph, a counselor; and he was a good man and a just 
man. The same had not consented to the council and deed of 
them.. .who also himself waited for the kingdom of God." (Luke 22:50- 
51). If the men that crucified Jesus had given heed to the wise 
counsel of Joseph they would not have crucified the Son of God. 
Joseph was a good man and a counselor. He belonged to the 
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NEWS ITEMS 

HART, MICHIGAN 

The Lord willing, the Hart Congregation will have Revival Services, 
July 13 through July 20. Bro. David Aungst, of Bethel, Pennsylvania 
will be the evangelist. Saturday worship begins at 11:00 A.M., 
Examination service at 2:00 P.M. and Lovefeast at 7:00 P.M. 

We invite one and all to come and join us. Enjoy the fellowship, 
praying that souls will be touched by the Master's hand and 
strengthened for His service. 

We, the Hart Congregation, extend our deep appreciation to those 
who joined us for the Sixty-eighth District Conference. We especially 
thank the ministering Brethren: Bro. Dennis St. John, Bro. Paul 
Stump, Bro. Harley Flory, Bro. Edward Johnson, Bro. Fred Johnson, 
Bro. William Carpenter, and Bro. Robert Carpenter for giving of their 
time and effort in sharing soul searching messages for our hungry 
souls. May God bless each one. 

Sister Anna M. Powell, Cor. 

APPRECIATION 

To my friends who sent me cards for my birthday. Thank you. 

Brother Otto Harris 

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS FOR JUNE 1997 

June 1 - The Forgiveness of Onesimus - Philemon 1-25. 

1. How was Onesimus now different from when he had 
previously served Philemon? 

2. Why did Paul send Onesimus back to Philemon? 
June 8 -Jesus: The Express Image of God - Hebrews 1:1-14. 

1 . How has God spoken unto us? 

2. Explain the purpose and work of angels in God's creation. 
June 15 - Father's Day - Genesis 22:1-13. 

1. Name the qualities of a good father which Abraham 
demonstrated in his life. 

2. Explain the importance of a father demonstrating faith 
before his children. 

June 22 - Maintaining Our Faithfulness - Hebrews 2:1-3. 

1 . What are the things which we have heard? 

2. What is the word spoken by angels? 

June 29 - The Value of Man in the Sight of God - Hebrews 2:4-8. 

1 . Why is God mindful of mankind? 

2. How has God visited mankind? 






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YOUNG PEOPLE'S SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS 

FOR JUNE 1997 

June 1 - The Lord's Prayer - Matt. 6:9-13. 

1. How could saying the Lord's prayer become a vain 
repetition? 

2. How often should we pray the same thing in prayer to God? 
June 8 - God's Tool Chest - 1 Cor. 1 :21 -31 . 

1 . What qualities are found in the Master's tools? 

2. How important is size in determining the value of a tool? 
June 15 - Fathers - Gen. 27:26-27, I Kings 2:1-4, Luke 1:67, Acts 10:2. 

1 . Explain the importance of a son/daughter being truthful with 
his/her earthly father, his/her Heavenly Father. 

2. Why is being a Godly example the most important thing a 
father can give to his children? 

June 22 - Mountain Climbing - Matt. 5:1-16. 

1 . Why is it so important to receive God's blessing? 

2. Why must we first be reconciled to our brother before we 
offer our gift to God? 

June 29 - Loving Others - 1 Cor. 13:1-13. 

1. Explain why love must be the most important characteristic 
of our lives. 

2. Name the ways' true love will manifest itself in our lives. 



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VOL. LXXV 



JUNE 1, 1997 



NO. 11 



"For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



OUR WATCHWORD: Go into all 
the world and preach the gospel. 



OUR AIM: Be it our aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 



THE WAY, THE TRUTH, THE LIFE 

Thou art the way; — to thee alone 
From sin and death we flee; 
And he who would the Father seek 
Must seek him, Lord, in thee. 

Thou art the truth;— thy word alone 
True wisdom can impart; 
Thou only canst instruct the mind, 
And purify the heart. 

Thou art the life; the rending tomb 
Proclaims thy conquering arm, 
And those who put their trust in thee, 
Not death nor hell shall harm. 



Thou art the way, the truth, the life;— 
Grant us to know that way 
That truth to keep, that life to win, 
Which leads to endless day. 

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THE ENEMY OF GOD 

Why would anyone want to be the enemy of God? 

It is never enjoyable to have an enemy. Ill-will causes problems 
not only for the one toward whom the ill-will is directed. It is just as 
troublesome to those who bear the ill-will. Psychologically, one 
bearing ill feelings is as eaten up with that poison as the one who is 
on the receiving end of that venom. 

Those who try to get even with their enemies usually find that the 
getting even actually makes the situation worse. Jesus spoke of how 
enemies should be treated. His method was more successful than 
that which springs from the heart and mind of the natural man. Jesus 
said that enemies were to be loved and to be prayed for. This is the 
reverse of the usual means of dealing with enemies. Instead of 
getting even, doing good to those who would do evil proves a better 
way of handling enemies. When enemies are loved rather than 
hated, the reason for their hatred should be abated rather than 
increased. Seeking the well-being of an enemy is more noteworthy 
than seeking the well-being of a friend or relative. It is so unusual that 
it is almost unbelievable. To pray for an enemy releases a great 
burden of ill-will from our lives. It is virtually impossible to pray for a 
person and hate him at the same time. Doing good rather than evil in 
return to an enemy is putting the hot coals of shame upon him. When 
he receives that kindness, it should cause him to be ashamed of 
himself. When enough goodness is shown, instead of evil, there may 
be an opportunity for reconciliation. 

We may not be inclined to associate with every person. The 
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preclude being actively involved with some people. Although we do 
not associate with these people, they still should not be our enemies. 
We should present the Spirit of God through our living in such a way 
that although we may not be loved or liked by others, they will at least 
respect us. They will not want to be our enemies. 

If it is such a harmful thing to have enemies among fellow humans, 
why would any want to choose to be the enemy of God? It requires a 
definite choice to be God's enemy. God has done everything 
possible so none would be His enemy. Unfortunately not all avail 
themselves of the opportunity that He has provided. 

God's original enemy is Satan. Satan led a great revolt amongst 
the angels of Heaven against God. In his pride he wished to set 
himself as the equal of God. This he could not do without opposing 
God. Since then, he has tried every method to thwart God's work. 
He enlisted the aid of mankind in the Garden of Eden. There he 
appeared to Eve to tempt her to disobey the commands of God. He 
was successful in his ruse to enlist her aid. Since that time it has 
been natural for man to be the enemy of God. Sin has become the 
natural pattern for men. As long as man clings to sin and Satan, he 
will be the enemy of God. 

Man may try to paper-over his differences with God. However, as 
long as sin remains, there will be a great gulf fixed between God and 
man. The natural man does what comes naturally. 

God does not want this enemy relationship. He would prefer that 
all men would choose to be His friend. Instead they have chosen to 
be friends with the surrounding, world system. It is easier to be the 
friend with the seen and known world than to be the friend of God, 
who can not be seen. God has provided the means that all might be 
His friend. He has extended His Grace and Mercy toward mankind, 
so the separation between them and Him can be broken down. He 
provided the perfect sacrifice, His Son Jesus Christ, for their sins. By 
His redeeming sacrifice, men can, if they accept it, become His 
friends. 

Not only might they be His friends, they also might become a part 
of His family. As much as we appreciate our families, being a part of 
God's family is even greater. Those who choose to accept His offer 
of salvation become a part of His family. He offers to mankind the 
honor of being His sons and daughters. His sons and daughters do 
not desire to be friends with the natural world that is under the control 
of Satan. 

Satan is seeking those who will allow themselves to be enmeshed 
in the philosophies, desires, programs, and sins of this present world. 
Those who allow themselves to be used by Satan become the 
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are going to suffer the terrible consequences of their hostility toward 
God. The punishments awaiting Satan and those who choose to 
follow him are so terrible that all should be deterred from following 
that downward and painful course. 

Why would anyone want to be the enemy of God? Do you? 

M.C.Cook 

THE CHRISTIAN AND POLITICAL PARTICIPATION 

Continued from May 15, 1997 Issue 

The Civil War, likewise, brought difficulties to the Brethren, 
particularly the Brethren who lived in the South. Confederate 
recruiters put considerable pressure on the Brethren and Mennonites. 
Many fled to the mountains to hide, others tried to escape to the 
North, but some were captured and imprisoned. 

Brethren and Mennonite leaders worked diligently by constant 
communication with Confederate leaders to attempt to secure an 
exemption. Eventually the Virginia Legislature and later the 
Confederate Congress did pass laws of exemption. 

This did not protect the Brethren from local hostilities as evidenced 
by several Brethren who were killed, the most well known being Elder 
John Kline, who was ambushed and killed shortly after he had 
returned home from an Annual Meeting in Indiana. He had served as 
Moderator of that Annual Meeting. 

It is worthwhile to note the words of a prominent Harrisonburg 
attorney concerning the granting of exemptions. He was quoted as 
saying, "Their quiet submission to authority all the way, did more to 
impress the members of that Congress than all other influences 
together." This referred to the situation when seventy Brethren and 
Mennonites were captured trying to flee to the North. Apparently the 
conduct of this group made a favorable impression upon those who 
had observed them. 

By World War I, there had been a definite shift of thinking in the 
Church on political and social issues. The Temperance Movement 
had been instrumental in shaping this change. 

The Temperance Movement, which had swept through Great 
Britain, Europe, and North America beginning in the middle 1800's, 
had had a great effect on the Brethren people. This crusade initially 
focused on voluntary, individual abstinence but soon shifted to 
political action to ban alcoholic beverages. 

As early as 1842, Annual Meeting ruled that Brethren should not 
sign a "pledge" of total abstinence because this would "meddle with 
the proceeding and excitement of the world" on this subject. In 1867 
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In the 1880's and 1890's, there were requests to Annual Meeting to 
petition Congress for prohibition legislation. In 1900 Annual Meeting 
agreed that it was the "duty of the Christian church to moid 
temperance sentiment". After this the Church of the Brethren became 
actively involved in the campaign for prohibition, which eventually 
came about by a Constitutional Amendment in 1919. 

We see the Church, at first, viewing temperance as a scriptural 
virtue to be taught and practiced by the Church. In the end, the 
Church saw temperance as a social issue to be dealt with politically. 

This change in attitude was recognized by some Church leaders as 
it became evident that the nation was preparing for war again. In 
1916, Otho Winger, President of Manchester College in Indiana, 
wrote of his concern over the probability of the establishment of 
military training camps in preparation for war. He felt that because 
the Brethren had become so greatly involved in politics there would 
be "no shadow of excuse or reason to be relieved" of entering military 
training camps. 

The only provision that the government had made for conscientious 
objectors was noncombatant service. Some of the young Brethren 
could not conscientiously wear uniforms and other military items. A 
special conference was called at Goshen, Indiana to decide how to 
advise these young men. A statement was drafted which stated the 
wrongness of war, commended the Brethren who refused to 
participate, and urged the Brethren to refrain from enlisting and 
wearing a uniform. 

Six months later, a pastor from a Church of the Brethren 
congregation in Washington, D.C. was called into the office of the 
Third Assistant Secretary of War. There he was read a document 
charging the officers of the Goshen Conference and the authors of 
the Goshen Statement as being guilty of treasonable intent of 
obstructing the operation of The Select Draft Law. It was indicated 
that the government was prepared to prosecute. 

The Church responded by withdrawing the statement. It also 
issued a Bulletin of Information, which asked members not to 
circulate, or use, or display the Goshen Statement. 

Looking at World War II, we note that even though the Church had 
labored to provide alternative forms of service (CPS Camps), 80% of 
Church of the Brethren young men chose to serve in the military. 
What does this say about becoming involved politically? What does it 
do to convictions of nonresistance? 

What then is our witness as Christians? It is quite likely that in the 
future we will face issues of legislation that confront our beliefs. I 
would like to propose nine principles of a Christian witness regarding 



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our relationship to the government. 

1. An attitude of submissiveness and respect towards whatever 
government we find ourselves under. Titus 3:1-2. We recall our 
earlier Brethren's willingness to be as cooperative as they could. 

2. When concerns arise we will respectfully voice our concerns. If 
necessary, we will appeal for exemption from objectionable 
legislation. It is commendable to stay communicative with those in 
authority. 

3. We will deal spiritually with the root of problems, which is sin, not 
politically with the symptoms by voting, running for office, protesting 
or lobbying. 

4. We will avoid being swept into the emotion of the current issue 
by maintaining a faith that is not easily unsettled. Prov. 21 :1 . 

5. We will avoid the snare of the unequal yoke by joining too 
closely with other groups or organizations that may have similar 
beliefs, but employ unacceptable tactics and methods. An example 
would be fundamentalist groups which may take a more militant 
approach, interpreting issues in the light of constitutional rights. 

6. We will live our lives consistently separated from the world in all 
areas so the authorities can distinguish us, not only from the world, 
but also from lukewarm Christianity in general. 

7. We will study rising issues before they become crises in our 
lives. 

8. We will pray regularly and sincerely. I Tim. 2:2. 

9. We will be willing to suffer. I Pet. 4:1, 12-14. 

Many will see this position as accomplishing little in a positive way 
towards improving society around us. Many evangelicals today are 
almost suggesting we are not a good Christian if we do not become 
politically involved. Have we forgotten the implications of Christ's 
words when He said, "Ye are the salt of the earth"? Are we to believe 
that we become "salt" only after we participate in the political system? 
John Coblentz states, "The degeneracy in society has not come 
because men have become more wicked but because Christians 
have become more worldly." (Nonresistance-God's Plan For The 
Church, p. 69) When we blame the humanists and the new-agers for 
the moral deterioration around us, have we missed the truth? Is it 
really true as one writer suggests that we could solve America's moral 
ills in a single decade if every Christian would get politically involved? 

The simple reality that we must reckon with is that when Christians 
attempt to deal with the ills of society through political channels, 
nonconformity will be swallowed up by the necessity of compromise. 
Nonconformity and compromise do not easily co-exist. Without 
nonconformity, nonresistance become resistance. Without 



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nonconformity the Church cannot avoid the corruption of political 
processes and strategies. 

May it be abundantly clear to us that political involvement erodes 
our testimony against sin and obscures the cure for sin. While we 
appreciate a government which keeps evil in check, we have a calling 
which no government can ever fulfill. We preach a gospel that shows 
men how to be delivered from the power and practice of sin. Praise 
His Name! By this we become honorable citizens. 

Brother Dennis St. John 
21397 Co. Rd. B-50 
Bryan, OH 43506 

FAITH, HOPE AND CHARITY 

I Cor. 13:13, "And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but 
the greatest of these is charity." 

I suppose everyone who knows very much of the Bible, knows this 
verse. There is great emphasis placed upon love, as indeed there 
should be. Jesus, Paul, Peter and John all taught the greatness and 
the necessity of love in the heart of every Christian. Love for God, for 
our neighbor and for our enemies. 

But we must never think that faith and hope are not very important 
to the child of God. We have, in the scriptures, other places where 
these three are used in close connection. 

Gal. 5:5-6, "For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of 
righteousness by faith. For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision 
availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by 
love." Gal. 5:22-23, "But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, 
longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: 
against such there is no law." 

I Thess. 1 :3, "Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and 
labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the 
sight of God and our Father;" I Thess. 5:8, "But let us, who are of the 
day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an 
helmet, the hope of salvation." 

I John 3:21-24, "Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have 
we confidence toward God. And whatsoever we ask, we receive of 
him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that 
are pleasing in his sight. And this is his commandment, That we 
should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one 
another as he gave us commandment. And he that keepeth his 
commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know 
that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us." 

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faith and hope are a vital and essential part of the Christian life. 

It is my purpose, if the Lord wills, to write of each of these 
separately. Until then, we pray that God will bless you abundantly. 

Brother William Carpenter 

INTERCESSION 

Intercessory Prayer 
Continued from May 15, 1997 Issue 

In part one we looked at Epaphras and the wonderful example that 
he provided for our profit. His was a beautiful illustration of 
intercessory prayer, "always labouring fervently for you in prayers." 
There is certainly no end to the outreach that we can have through 
intercession. 

The place to start is as in the example left by Epaphras. There are 
many hurting people within our own little Church groups who are 
tormented by Satan and need our prayers. If you do not believe that, 
you are blinded and need to ask God to open your eyes. Not so you 
can gossip or slander, but so you can hold others up before God and 
beg for His mercy, His grace, and His healing. 

Each one of us, to varying degrees, go through stages that may 
cause us to withdraw or even fail into sin. Our first and foremost 
desire should be to see our church family standing perfect and 
complete before God. If there are intercessory energies left, then go 
on to community, national, and world situations. 

I stand in awe and amazement that God allows America to wallow 
in sin. Yet, God told Abraham that ten righteous people would keep 
his wrath from Sodom. Even though the numbers seem to be 
dwindling, America still has righteous people. America is sending a 
tremendous amount of physical aid, Christian aid, Bibles, 
missionaries, and so forth abroad. America still to some degree 
backs Israel, which in itself could stay His mighty wrath. 

One thing is sure, America needs all the help she can get! If God's 
saints do not continue to stand in the gap, America will be judged. 
Woe unto us if that happens. You and I definitely have power in all of 
these areas. We should realize our obligation to participate through 
intercession. 

Brother Roger Swihart 
Quinter, KS 

STAY PUT 

"...Continue thou in the things which thou hast learned..." II 
Timothy 3:14. 

An investigation of the word, "continue" yields much to think about. 



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We find that the word means: "to maintain, to retain, to endure, to 
keep going, or to abide in". Paul was telling Timothy to stay put, not to 
retreat or lose heart, but to stand firm in the things that Paul had 
taught him. He had also learned much from his mother and 
grandmother. He was a young man in an important position of 
leadership. 

There is a trend in Church circles today to go after the "new" things. 
In Acts 17:21 it tells of the Greeks and their desire for new things: "For 
all the Athenians and strangers which were there spent their time in 
nothing else, but either to tell, or to hear some new thing." Timothy 
was told to continue in what he had learned. He was to hold fast to 
that Good Word of God. 

Those who are not grounded in the Word will not be satisfied with 
having to adhere to it, so they will go after the trendy things. God has 
provided us with everything that we need for faith and godliness. Our 
daily lives must be dedicated to conforming to His image. 

I heard a Christian man, when a neighboring church was being 
criticized, say, "I have enough to do to keep my own house in order. I 
cannot nose into other people's business." We have enough to do to 
conform to the Word of God. We do not have time to chase down 
every fashion of modern Christianity which seeks to destroy 
traditional, Biblical ideas. Hebrews 2:1 says, "Therefore we ought to 
give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at 
any time we should let them slip." In I Thessalonians 5:21, we read, 
"...hold fast that which is good." In II Timothy 1:13, it is written, "Hold 
fast the form of sound words..." That Glorious Gospel, which we have 
learned, is all we need. 

All the teaching of the modern dispensation, if it differs from the 
Gospel, will only cause confusion and division. Modern Evangelicals 
are teaching divorce, theistic evolution, the wearing of jewelry 
(including "Christian symbols"), ecumenism (mixing with other 
churches that do not teach the truth), and many other things. There 
are organizations that are trying to improve marriages, and they do 
good work, but they also sanction these evangelical teachings. 

The Bible has the answers to all our problems. We need to teach 
and uphold it. If we are faithful, we need not chase all over the 
country for all these other things. They will pass away, as all other 
fashions of this world, but God's Word will never pass away. 
Cling to the Bible, tho' all else be taken; 
Lose not its promises precious and sure; 
Souls that are sleeping its echoes awaken, 
Drink from the fountain, so peaceful, so pure. 

Brother Lynn H. Miller 
RD2 Box 561 
Newmanstown, PA 17073 



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SIXTY YEARS AGO 

June 1, 1937 

ZEAL 
W. C. Pease 

Webster says zeal means ardor in pursuit of anything. 

To the followers of Christ it means that, and even more when we 
think of righteous zeal. 

A zealot is said to be one who is very zealous, or an enthusiast. 
However, an enthusiast is generally thought of as being one who is 
intensely interested in some game, or something outside of religion. 

Jesus was zealous for God early in life. Read what happened as 
recorded in Luke 2. Jesus says in the 49th verse of that chapter, 
"How is it that ye sought Me? Wist ye not that I must be about My 
Father's business?" Again while in His ministry, "I must work the 
works of Him that sent Me, while it is day: the night cometh when no 
man can work." (Jno. 9:4.) 

We find He was faithful until the end, and was tempted as we are 
yet without sin. Isaiah says, "He is despised and rejected of men; a 
man of sorrow, and acquainted with grief." (Isa. 53:3.) 

Oh, when we study the life of Jesus, how it thrills our hearts and 
should cause us to have a greater zeal for God. Perhaps we are like 
Peter. He said, "Lord I am ready to go with Thee, both into prison and 
to death." (Luke 22:33.) Read in this chapter what Jesus told Peter, 
and how it came true. Jesus knew Peter needed this experience. 

If we would have as much faith as Peter did later we would do 
God's will. Jesus said, "Not every one that saith unto Me, Lord, Lord, 
shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of 
My Father which is in heaven." (Matt. 7:21.) Also read the next few 
verses. 

There are many who are zealous in the work of the churches 
alright, but are they sure they are led by the Spirit of God. "For as 
many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God." 
(Rom. 8:14) 

We believe that the whole Bible is the inspired word of God. The 
New Testament the doctrine of Christ, given to Him by God. Jesus 
said, "He that loveth Me not, keepeth not my sayings: and the word ye 
hear is not mine, but the Father's which sent me." (Jno. 14:24.) 

We know Paul, the apostle, was very zealous for the Lord. Read of 
his conversion in Acts 9. He said later, "For do I now persuade men, 
or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should 
not be the servant of Christ." "But I certify you, brethren, that the 
gospel which was preached of me is not after man, for I neither 
received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of 



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Jesus Christ." (Gal. 1:10-12.) 

If all the leaders of the churches were just willing to preach Christ, 
and none of the things they are teaching and practicing they would 
not be placed in the position those were, who were buying and selling 
in the temple, when Jesus drove them out. He said, "it is written My 
house shall be called a house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of 
thieves." (Matt. 21:13.) 

There are still those who are putting on wonderful programs in the 
church, with suppers and almost everything imaginable to raise 
money, but in that last day, He will say, "I never knew you." (See 
again Matt. 7:23.) 

David said, The zeal of thine house hath eaten me up." (Psa. 
69:9.) See also Jno. 2:17. 

Some seem to think all they need to do is to say they believe in 
Jesus, and they will be saved. But if we believe we must be made to 
see that He has told us to do certain things as taught in his word. 

Jesus said, "All power is given unto Me in heaven and in earth. Go 
ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the 
Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: teaching them to 
observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and lo, I am 
with you always, even unto the end of the world." (Matt. 28:18-20.) 

Therefore it is just as necessary for us to wash one another's feet 
as it was when Jesus said to His disciples, "If I then your Lord and 
Master have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another's 
feet. For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have 
done to you." (John 13:14-15.) Then the 17th verse, "If ye know 
these things, happy are ye if ye do them." 

Let us ask ourselves this question: Are we building on the rock or 
on the sand? Oh, that more might be made to see that we must do 
what God's word says for us to do. No wonder Jesus said, "Because 
strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and 
few there be that find it." (Matt. 7:14.) 

THE POTTER AND THE CLAY 

In reading Jeremiah 18, verse 4 particularly stuck out. I was once 
privileged to watch a potter make a clay vessel. It was interesting and 
educational, especially when I realized that the Lord used this method 
to show Jeremiah, and us, that spiritually He is the potter, and we 
weak, human beings are the clay. 

We are in His hand to shape, to mold, to smooth, to make 
beautiful, small, large, or as sturdy as He wishes. Whatever form He 
wants to fulfill the purpose for which He wants to use us, He can 
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Clay is a very cheap product of little value. Man was made of clay. 

Statistics say that our bodies are worth ninety-eight cents in money 

Clay when rightly mixed with water is formable. It can be shaped into 

many useful vessels, put in the oven and baked hard. Afterwards, it 

can be painted as desired and used for many activities. It can be 

used in whatever way the potter intended. The water represents the 

spirit of life that God gave us. Our life makes us alive and pliable so 

that we can be molded. Some clay can only profitably be molded 

once. When finished with it, the potter pitches it on the trash pile, and 

starts a new piece. However, another chuck of clay, somehow he 

knew was a better quality of clay for much use. For some special 

reason, he would not discard it. He reshaped, smoothed and 

refinished it according to his plans. So our Heavenly Father does with 

us. When He sees us going wrong, or has a special purpose for our 

lives, He may take us in hand and remold us according to the 

experience we need in order to do His work. 

For the Apostle Paul, He sent a voice and a light from Heaven that 
struck him blind. Moses encountered the Lord speaking from a green 
burning bush. Jonah took a long dive in the whales belly to the 
bottom of the ocean. Jacob had a wrestling match with an angel that 
rendered him crippled for life. John was caught up into Heaven and 
showed glorious things and the burning torments of the underworld to 
come. John Bunyan was kept away from an act of suicide when an 
angel came to show him Heaven and hell. He became a great 
Christian writer and wrote Pilgrim's Progress. These were a few of 
the great men of God who were salvaged and remolded. 

We are living in what the Bible speaks of as the latter days, in the 
end of God's six day work week. He placed man here to live, work 
and serve Him on this earth and to prepare for Heaven. Instead, man 
has always liked to travel the easy way and serve Satan. Through 
trials and imperfections, through the lusts of the flesh, the lusts of the 
eye and the pride of life, many have sacrificed their souls. They will 
be discarded and thrown on the scrap pile to be punished with 
everlasting punishment. Matt. 25:46. 

When the Lord takes us in hand and permits fiery trials to overtake 
us, very likely it is His plan to reshape and remake us into a valuable 
vessel. This vessel is to be used for Him to do His work in this vile 
world of sin. It may be the means of saving many souls for His 
Kingdom. The harvest truly is ripe, but the laborers are few, and I 
would dare say weak. The Apostle Paul turned the world upside 
down spiritually when he was turned around. 

The fire of the potter that hardens the vessels resembles the trials 
which the God of Heaven uses to remold us. Let us not forsake Him 



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for He is doing it for our good, other people's good, and the saving of 
souls for eternity. Matt. 45:46. At times, Jeremiah stood alone. He 
was even smitten and cast into the miry dungeon. Our Saviour was 
mistreated and killed. His apostles suffered the same things, too. 
Eternal life is worth it all. 

WAKE UP, WE KNOW NOT WHAT WILL HAPPEN 
TOMORROW. 

Sister Ruth M. Snyder 
6159 Garrett Hwy. 
Oakland, MD 21550-9231 

"CAN YOU HOLD?" 

Many of you have probably had an experience similar to the 
following: 

Anita called long distance to an office and she heard a kind voice 
saying, "Good morning! Can you hold?" 

Anita sat quietly while the music played. All the while she was 
thinking of how her telephone bill was adding up. 

The receptionist came back on the line and Anita began talking. 
The receptionist said, "I'm sorry I can't help you. Will you return the 
call at 9:45 when Mr. Huddleston will be back in?" 

Anita hanged up and returned the call at 9:45. Again she was 
asked, "Can you hold?" 

The receptionist came back on the line, the music stopped, and 
she said, "Thank you for holding. May I help you?" 

After being transferred to another extension the business was 
completed. 

When we "call in" to our Heavenly Father, He never puts us on 
hold. There is no telephone bill to pay. We are never told to return 
the call at a later time. He is always there. He is always listening and 
we are never "put on hold." 

Sister Mildred Skiles 

OBITUARY 

FLOSSIE O. BEEMAN 

Sis. Flossie Olive (Broadwater) Beeman, 88, of Knapps Meadow, 
Lonaconing, Maryland, went home to Heaven on Saturday, February 
22, 1997. ~ 

She personified a virtuous woman and "her price is far above 
rubies." "Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, 
and he praises her." 

Born January 28, 1909, in Garrett County, she was the daughter of 
the late Harmon and Harriett C. (Bittinger) Broadwater. She also was 



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preceded in death by a son, Clyde Beeman; three sisters, Nellie 
Llewellyn, Minnie Broadwater and Dorothy Sutherland; and one 
grand-daughter, Donna James. 

Sis. Beeman was a member of the Dunkard Brethren Church, 
"Broadwater Chapel", Savage River Road, for seventy-four years and 
served in various capacities. 

Flossie and her husband also are the parents of the Country 
Gospel Singers, who ministered in the area for twenty-four years. 

Surviving are her husband of seventy years, Oscar L. Beeman; 
three sons, The Rev. Homer Beeman and wife Freda, Westernport' 
Maryland, Robert Beeman and wife Saundra, Frostburg, Maryland', 
and Roger Beeman and wife Sandy, Springfield, Virginia; three 
daughters, Edna Clark and husband Glen, Lonaconing, Maryland, 
Louise Skidmore and husband Stanley, Frostburg, Maryland, Lavona 
Sines and husband Ronnie, Frostburg, Maryland; five brothers 
Howard Broadwater, LaVale, Maryland, Grover Broadwater, LaVale! 
Maryland, Edward Broadwater, Corriganville, Maryland,' Herbert 
Broadwater, Chester, Maryland, and Robert Broadwater, Lonaconing 
Maryland; seven sisters, Delia Beeman, LaVale, Maryland, Edith 
Long, Moran Manor Nursing Home, Theresa Broadwater, 
Westernport, Maryland, Myrtle Broadwater, York, Pennsylvania' 
Rosella Rounds, Grantsville, Maryland, Lillie Broadwater' 
Westernport, Maryland and Thelma Bittinger, Grantsville, Maryland- 
twenty-one grandchildren; thirty-five great-grandchildren; and one 
great-great-grandchild. 

Services were conducted at the Bethel Pentecostal Holiness 
Church, Lonaconing, Maryland on Tuesday, February 25, with Bro 
Virgil Leatherman and Bro. Ray Stuber officiating. 

Interment was in Rest Lawn Memorial Garden, LaVale, Maryland 
Pallbearers were Robbie Clark, David Beeman, Danny Beeman, 
Bob Beeman, Jr., Nathan Beeman and Trent Beeman. 

"MOTHER" 
Our mother's gone on to Heaven, 
To meet up with her son. 
Knowing that in Heaven, 
Their life has just begun. 

She was a wonderful mother, 
Wife, sister and friend. 
And loved her heavenly father, 
Persevering until the end. 



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She's gone on before us, 
We're saddened and dismayed. 
But we know without a doubt, 
We'll meet her again someday. 

Go rest high on that mountain, 
Mom your work on earth is done. 
Go to heaven a shouting, 
Love for the Father and the Son. 

-Sis. Lavona (Beeman) Sines 
The family wants to thank everyone for their prayers, sympathy 
cards, food and the out pouring of love for Mom at our time of need. 
Also for the many cards, (get well, birthday, anniversary and so forth), 
telephone calls and visits during her two years of illness. 

NEWS ITEMS 

Ministerial List Change 
The new address of Elder Mike Wray is R.5 Box 98, Peru, Indiana 
46970. His new telephone number is 765-395-7023. Please make 
these changes in your February 1, 1997, issue. 

Plevna, Indiana 

The Plevna Congregation is happy to announce that we have 
added new members to our Church. 

Around two years ago the Dean Flora family moved here from 
Colorado. The Steve Beachler family also arrived from Mississippi. 
Bonnie Kline from California also transferred her membership to the 
Plevna Church. 

Another couple, Emmert and Mary Root were taken into 
membership on their former baptism, recently. 

This Spring the Michael Wray family moved here from California. 
There have been five young people baptized during this time. 

We are so glad for our new members and appreciate their help in 
the work of the Church. 

Sister Verda Lorenz, Cor. 



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VOL. LXXV 



JUNE 15, 1997 



NO. 12 



"For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



OUR WATCHWORD: Go into all 
the world and preach the gospel. 



OUR AIM: Be it our aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 



MOMENT BY MOMENT 

Dying with Jesus, by death reckoned mine; 
Living with Jesus, a new life divine; 
Looking to Jesus v till glory doth shine, 
Moment by moment, O Lord, I am Thine. 

Never a trial that He is not there, 
Never a burden that He doth not bear, 
Never a sorrow that He doth not share, 
Moment by moment I'm under His care. 

Never a heartache, and never a groan, 
Never a teardrop and never a moan; 
Never a danger but there on the throne, 
Moment by moment He thinks of His own. 



Never a weakness that He doth not feel, 
Never a sickness that He cannot heal; 
Moment by moment, in woe or in weal, 
Jesus, my Saviour, abides with me still. 

D. W. Whittle 



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THE LOST AND THE FOUND 

Schools, stores and other public institutions maintain lost and found 
departments. There items that have been misplaced or forgotten are 
collected. Eventually the owner may remember where they left their 
possession so they can claim it. This lost and found department 
provides a worthwhile service for these people. It is always a relief 
when something that has been lost has finally been found. 

In Luke 15, Jesus spoke of three things that had been lost. He used 
these parables to answer the concerns of the scribes and Pharisees. 
They were offended because He was willing to mingle with and help 
those whom they despised. To show His concern for lost souls, He told 
them of the lost sheep, the lost coin and the lost son. He wanted to 
convey the value of each person's soul. 

Each of these lost items had value. The lost sheep represented one- 
one hundredth of the shepherd's flock. Each sheep had value as an 
individual animal not just as a possession. The lost coin was valuable 
to its owner. It represented one-tenth of her wealth. That coin could 
make a difference in her living. The lost son was even more valuable 
then the sheep or the coin. He was one half of his father's sons. He 
was created in the image of God, with a soul needing God's Holy Spirit. 

The circumstances surrounding the lose of each of these valuables 
were different. However they were lost, Jesus was still interested in 
finding them. 

The sheep was lost through ignorance. The sheep being largely 
unable to take care of itself needed to depend upon the shepherd to 
provide the necessities of life. The shepherd must find pasture that was 
nutritious. He must find still waters for the sheep to drink. They must 
hav e placid pools that would not draw them under or frighten them. 

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They needed protection from the wild animals which would devour 
them. The sheep were nearly defenseless left to their own ability. 

The sheep was lost not because the shepherd had not done his work 
well. That sheep was lost because he wandered from the flock. He 
wanted to go just a little ways from the rest of the flock to find greener 
grass. He would not go far. However because he was ignorant of his 
own best interests, he soon wandered farther and farther away. Soon, 
he was separated from the flock by a great distance. 

The coin was lost through neglect. The owner either dropped it and 
did not notice it was gone or laid it down and forgot where it was. The 
coin did not seek to be lost. However, because its owner was negligent 
it could not be found when it was needed. 

The son was lost through rebellion. He wanted to get away from the 
strictness of his parent's home. He wanted to have his own friends. He 
wanted to have a good time. He wanted to do the things that he 
wanted to do. He did not want anybody to deny him the good times, he 
had longed for, for a long time. He took his inheritance, left home, and 
went into a far country, where he could do as he pleased. Sure 
enough, he did find fair-weather friends who were willing to help him 
waste his inheritance. Soon he found himself down-and-out in the 
midst of a famine, far from home. While he could be thankful that a 
man would allow him to feed his hogs, he began to long for the far 
happier scenes of his father's home. 

Happily, all of the lost were eventually found. The lost sheep was 
found because of the persistent effort of the shepherd. He left the 
ninety-nine so he could find and bring back the lost one. He carried it 
back. Hopefully that sheep was no longer ignorant of the dangers 
lurking nearby nor of the shepherd's great care. The lost coin was 
found when the owner made a very diligent search. After looking 
everywhere, sweeping in dark corners and digging in neglected places, 
the coin was found. The lost son was found when he came to himself. 
When he began to consider what he had left behind, he realized he had 
rebelled against that which had been the best for him. He was found 
when he acted upon that impulse. He began the long journey home by 
taking the first step. 

There was great rejoicing over the finding of each that was lost. The 
shepherd rejoiced over his lost sheep as he carried it back to the flock. 
The woman rejoiced with her neighbors as she recounted the finding of 
the lost coin. The father killed the fatted calf to celebrate the 
homecoming of his lost son. 

Whether lost through ignorance, neglect, or rebellion, there is great 
rejoicing in Heaven whenever one of the lost is found. Whenever a lost 
one turns to Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour there is great rejoicing in 
Heaven and in the Church. 

M.C.Cook 



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MANKIND 

We as children of God have a great responsibility to please God 
(Read Psalm 39.) Psalmist David wanted to please God by controlling 
his tongue when around the wicked. Then he realized he had gone too 
far, (verse 2) for he had even kept still when he should have spoken 
things that would have been for good. Then David called on the Lord, 
(verse 4) that the Lord would show him how frail he was in God's sight, 
and what the measure of his days were. I feel David realized the death 
of the wicked is the end of all joys: but for the Godly it was the end of all 
grief and the beginning of joy. 

Too many times while we are young we think we have many days 
and years to live. We will seek pleasure and riches of this world, but do 
we really know? There is an old saying I have heard many times (the 
old must die, but the young may die). We hear of car wrecks and other 
accidents where even teenagers are snatched out of this life. So, we 
better be prepared to meet our Lord when He sees fit to take us from 
this stage of action. Matt. 6:33 says, "But seek ye first the kingdom of 
God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto 
you." 

Psalm 8:3-5, "When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, 
the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; What is man, that 
thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him? For 
thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned 
him with glory and honour." The Psalmist David after thinking of the 
greatness of God and his creation wonders why God is so mindful of 
man. 

I gather from Genesis 1:26, also 2:6, that after creating the heavens 
and the earth, God needed a caretaker to care for the land and 
animals; but James 3:5-6 says, "Even so the tongue is a little member, 
and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire 
kindleth! And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue 
among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire 
the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell." God gave us our 
tongue to use for good. Not to tear down others or to tell dirty jokes. It 
was given to us to build each other up, and to be His disciples. God 
gave us a tongue that we might glorify Him and spread His gospel and 
lead others to the knowledge of Christ. 

When we allow our tongue to get out of line, Satan is getting a hold 
of us. 

Job 27:3-4, "All the while my breath is in me, and the spirit of God is 
in my nostrils; My lips shall not speak wickedness, nor my tongue utter 
deceit." Job in answer to his friends is saying as long as God gives him 
life, he was going to control his tongue and not allow his tongue to say 



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the wrong things. 

Brother William E. Heisey 

DIVORCE AND REMARRIAGE 

Part One 

As I consider the multitude of problems in society, perhaps none 
affect the family as dramatically as Divorce and Remarriage. 

It would seem to us that much of society has lost the perspective 
God intended for married partners. Sadly, even sincere Christian 
people have increasingly accepted Divorce and Remarriage. As a 
result, this tragedy is perpetuated. Please consider this subject 
carefully and pray for God's will. As we discuss this issue, keep in mind 
a few questions. 

#1 What was God's original design for marriage? 

#2 Does God's will change based on the practice of man or 

because time has changed the environment for marriage, 

(as some may say)? 

#3 Does God bless broken relationships? 

As we look into God's word, we see that Marriage is a holy, God 
given relationship. We find that God, Himself, gave man this 
relationship called marriage. Gen. 2:24, "Therefore shall a man leave 
his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall 
be one flesh." God's example in the garden was one unmarried man, 
and one unmarried woman. Man has been the one to change and 
challenge this example. In the New Testament we find Jesus re- 
enforcing God's original standard. In Matt. 19:4-6, Jesus quoted from 
Gen. 2 and said the same thing as His Father had said. Jesus went on 
the say in verse 6, "What God hath joined together, let not man put 
asunder." I find those words significant. 

Jesus as the co-creator of all things, was making a profound 
statement, and stating a profound principle. Jesus said that God had 
"joined" people together. He also said that a man would cleave unto his 
wife. This word in the original means to glue, to adhere, to join. Notice, 
Jesus declared, "WHAT GOD hath JOINED together LET NOT MAN 
PUT ASUNDER." Jesus was declaring God's concept of how the 
Creator saw marriage. The significance of the words of Jesus can not 
be overstated! Not only had God "glued" together the marriage 
partners but commanded that this God ordained relationship was not to 
be broken. Let me ask you a question. Can man destroy or break what 
God has ordained? 

It seems to us that marriage was created by and still is under God's 
authority. Regardless of what God has created or established I can 
think differently if I choose, but that does not change reality. Therefore, 
I come to the conclusion that man must not try to destroy this holy 



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relationship. Rom. 7:2 gives us insight and further evidence of God's 
authority in marriage. Paul writes that the woman who hath an 
husband is BOUND by the law to her husband. The word, "law" in the 
original has reference to the law of Moses. It also has reference to the 
law of the Gospel. The reference is not to man's governmental law, but 
God's moral law. Moreover, marriage partners are "bound" as long as 
their spouse is alive. This point is also supported in I Cor. 7:27, 39. 

The word, "bound" in the original means: to bind, be in bonds, knit, to 
tie, to wind, in both, Rom. 7:2 and I Cor. 7:27,39, will be found the same 
root word. In Rev. 20:2, the same word is used to describe how Satan 
will be "bound" by the power of God, not man. 

When we search out word meanings, it becomes increasingly clear 
that God has authority over the marriage bond. God was very specific 
in using the exact words that describe His will. 

Few people want to end their marriages. 

I believe if I say that my life will be led by the scriptures, then I can 
place my full trust in them. That trust is based upon God being the 
Author of the Holy Bible, the Creator of all things and the only sovereign 
Lord. I further believe that I must not thwart God's perfect will by 
modifying my position because of current societal preferences. 

May God be praised! May His will be strengthened in our lives. 

Brother Mark Cordrey 

THE BIBLE SPEAKS TO YOUTH 

The Christian Faith verses Modern Technology 
Modern technology affects all of our lives. The computer has 
become a household convenience and some people feel a necessity. 
As a result, the fabric of society has been changed. Machines do about 
everything from our banking to our income tax returns. They diagnose 
illnesses and forecast sales. 

Of course, the space program has been instrumental in the 
development of this sophisticated system. Complex mathematical 
equations relating to gravitation, speed, movement and the planetary 
system have been important information to make the space flights safe 
and accurate. 

The medical profession has become computerized. Scientists are 
now telling us that people will eventually be computerized with robotic 
capabilities. Certainly they have played a part in the new mechanical 
production of test tube and cloned babies. Genetic selection is now a 
great possibility. Through a combination of biology and bionics, the 
possibility of assembly-line people is an absolute possibility. Cloning, 
based on body cells containing all the information necessary to create 
the type of individual wanted is virtually here. Exact replicas of people 
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immortality by the reproduction of himself in future generations. 

The freezing of cells has been accomplished. It is thought possible 
to freeze embryos for long periods of time and to preserve human 
beings. Embryos have been successfully transplanted from one womb 
to another. Genetic control is not a prospect for a "Buck Rogers" future. 
It is a present possibility. 

The only question, now, is the ethics. Who is to decide how many 
people and what kind should inhabit the future world? If we can create 
the perfect human being, who is to decide what "perfection" really is? 
What form of human life is desirable for future generations? 

Two questions come to mind, when we think of this "progress." 
What is man becoming? What will become of man? 

If we have machines to do our work, will they de-personalize us? 
Will they make us robots? Will we become servants of the technology 
we have created? Will a generation, taught and controlled by 
machines, find no need for traditional, Biblical standards? 

In a recent poll of college students, at least seventy-five percent, said 
that they see their bodies as machines of sorts, not Divine creations, 
nor sacred. They see pleasure as the only good and proper goal of 
moral behavior. 

Of course, if we are the "creators of life" it is well within our means to 
be the "takers of life." The current trend toward doing this through 
abortion and euthanasia is frightening. The world is standing 
breathlessly in the wings of modern technology, fearing who is going to 
complete the combinations that bring about total control. 

Understanding these realities, what is our place and mission in this 
kind of world? What is our destiny? We must reach up to God and out 
to man with the truth of God's Word. The King on the throne in Heaven 
is still in control. He will answer the prayers that we have not even 
asked yet. 

We must fully recognize that we are created beings. We need to 
realize our sinfulness. We must place limits on the aspirations that we 
have in the fields of science and technology. We need to "Seek first the 
Kingdom of God" and the by-product will be contentment and peace in 
our lives. GOD CAN STILL TURN SINNERS INTO NEW 
CREATURES. HE IS NOT DEAD. We CAN have a religious 
awakening among Christians that can reach out to others with the 
eternal truths of God's plan. 

The Bible is a technological Book. It upholds a supernatural origin 
and the potential for a glorious future for man. There is a contrast 
between the personal interest God shows His children and the 
impersonalization of modern man who seeks to control himself through 
the medium of technology. 

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abundance is not wealth, not status, nor carnal pleasure, but real LIFE. 
God desires that we live, not mechanically, not with an unnerved 
attitude, but free, happy and hopeful. This is the "normal" life. This is 
God's will and technology for man. 

Brother Len Wertz 

WHAT IS IN THINE HAND? 

And the Lord said unto Moses, "What is that in thine hand?" See 
Exodus 4:2. 

Often those who have been saved envision themselves having great 
adventures in far-away places. They read of others who have lived 
their lives in exotic and distant lands, preaching and teaching and 
encountering danger every day. While we do not intend to belittle the 
work of the missionary, we realize this life is not for everyone. If God 
calls you onto the mission field, by all means go. 

For most of us spreading the gospel starts at home. God, in His 
wisdom, showed His strength to Moses by using something with which 
Moses was very familiar. The rod he used every day. He told Moses to 
throw it down. When he did, it turned into a serpent. Moses was never 
the same after this encounter. His life was changed. 

In Ecclesiastes 9:10 we are told, "Whatsoever thy hand findest to do, 
do it with all thy might." Use your talents for the Lord. If you are a 
farmer, farm for the Lord, if you are a nurse, nurse for the Lord. Yes, it 
sounds simple, but deceptively so. 

God expects us to do what we know, and to do it with all of our 
strength. It is not wrong to dream of the mission field, but God expects 
us to occupy ourselves (not just put in time) with the things at hand. He 
will not call a lazy person to service. 

When the Bible speaks of "waiting on the Lord" it means in prayer 
and fasting. We are never to be totally unoccupied. The Lord will seek 
out the willing worker. He is not the one who is trying to earn his 
salvation, but one that does God's will from the heart. 

In what are you talented? Use that talent for God, with all your 
might. 

We will gather sheaves for Jesus, 
In the morning bright and fair, 
When the evil days approaching 
Do not burden us with care; 
In the noontide we will labor, 
For our Savior and our King, 
Going on our way rejoicing 
While the day is on the wing. 

Brother Lynn H. Miller 
70 Round Barn Road 
Newmanstown, PA 17073 



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WHY WE REJECT THEISTIC EVOLUTION 

Isaiah 40:25-26, "To whom will ye liken me, or shall I be equal? saith 
the Holy One. Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who hath created 
these things, that bringeth out their host by number: he called them all 
by names by the greatness of his might, for that he is strong in power; 
notonefaileth." 

Although we have mentioned this subject several times in articles, we 
feel a need to address it in a more definite way. There are those who 
contend that theistic evolution is acceptable because it gives God credit 
for taking a part in creation. We believe there are at least four good 
reasons to reject theistic evolution. 

First of all, theistic evolution denies the Word of God. Genesis 
chapter one plainly states, "And the evening and the morning were the 
first day,... second day,..." This leaves no room for thousands, much 
less millions, of years needed for theistic evolution. 

Secondly, theistic evolution challenges The Creator God. Our 
opening verse asks the question, "To whom will ye liken me, or shall I 
be equal?" The verse speaks specifically about the creation of the 
heavenly bodies but the same could be said about all of God's creation. 
To say that God used evolution to bring about His purpose is to deny 
His greatness and His might. God could have created all of creation in 
just the snap of a finger, but He did it in six days to establish a week 
(along with resting on the seventh day) to be followed by mankind down 
through the centuries and reminding them of the Creator. 

In the third place, theistic evolution is based on an unscientific theory. 
Time and time again evolutionary proofs have been proven to be either 
outright fakes or greatly exaggerated findings. Most great proofs are 
based on a single bone or even a fragment thereof. Even if a whole 
skeleton is found the outward appearance is added by the imagination 
of the one who gives the final result. The reason theistic evolution was 
proposed in the first place was to make the Word of God line up with the 
thinking of humanistic evolutionists. The Bible says that all of the 
animals were created within the six day period. Theistic evolution would 
argue that dinosaurs were created thousands of years previous to this. 
The Bible says that death came about because of the fall of man. 
Theistic evolutionists claim that there was death previous to this. So to 
compensate for what they consider error in the Creation account they 
substitute a theory that is full of scientific errors. The greatest of these 
is that life evolved from non-living matter. Here is where the idea of 
theistic evolution supposedly comes to the rescue. Books have been 
written to show many other scientific problems not answered by theistic 
evolution. Of course, it can always be argued that God can do 
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and do something in another way. 

Last of all, theistic evolution usually leads to a liberal theology. 
When you question the first two chapters of Genesis you usually end up 
questioning much of the rest of Holy Scripture. Those who lean toward 
theistic evolution usually also doubt a literal resurrection of Jesus 
Christ. Many of them question the deity of our Lord. 

It is true that it is possible to believe in a literal six day creation and 
still deny cardinal doctrines of Holy Scripture. Those who defend 
theistic evolution have a plurality of those who deny the infallible truths 
of Scripture while those who stand for a literal six day creation, with a 
seventh day of rest, have a plurality of those who would defend the 
truths of Scripture. 

In the few remaining gatherings which still take such teachings as 
the prayer veil, feet washing and separation from the world in dress and 
amusements to be literal teachings to be practiced by the followers of 
Jesus Christ, we believe theistic evolution will cause these practices to 
also be questioned somewhere "down the line." Those who once 
practiced these commandments of Holy Scripture, who have now 
adopted theistic evolution, are losing them one by one. In many 
formerly plain churches the only thing left is feet washing and even this 
is often optional. 

We would encourage our leaders within the Dunkard Brethren 
Church to take a strong stand against theistic evolution. We hope to 
hear sermons that include this subject. May our writers join in the 
battle. May God and His Holy Word be upheld. No matter if we believe 
it or not, all of God's Word will be shown to be Truth. "Not one (word) 
faileth." PRAISE THE LORD! 

Brother James M. Hite 
816 E. Birch St. 
Palmyra, PA 17078-2704 

SIXTY YEARS AGO 

June 15, 1937 
PLEASING GOD 
L. W. Beery 
"No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; 
that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier." (II Tim. 
2:4.) The apostle leaves the impression in this reference that if we 
would please God we dare not be "entangled" with the affairs of this life. 
We understand from this that there are some things in this world from 
which he who would be acceptable to God must stand aloof. In fact 
there are many things which we cannot fellowship with nor partake of 
and maintain our integrity as Christian people before God and man. 
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to ourselves or others should not be indulged in. We have one 
passage that instructs us even to "abstain from all appearance of evil." 
(I Thess. 5:22.) 

We are living in a time when Christian people are being confronted 
with many "entanglements," some of which are desperately wicked and 
others which have very much the appearance of evil. Hence we should 
weigh these matters carefully in the light of the word of God and stay 
clear of anything that would bring reproach upon us as Christians or the 
church of the living God, which would be displeasing to our Maker. 

You will notice the apostle tells us that the "affairs" of this life are not 
engaged in by he that warreth as a Christian soldier. To do so would 
bring upon him the displeasure of his great Commander. These affairs 
are evidently things pertaining to this world regarding the conduct and 
activities of the human family. Worldly wisdom, science, politics, civil 
authority and intellectualism do not benefit the good soldier of Jesus 
Christ; in fact such things only confuse, bewilder, disqualify and render 
him unfit for the service of Christ. 

We hear much these days about economic security, social security, 
commodity control, international peace, federation, centralization, and 
many other things calculated to better the condition of the human 
family. It will be noted that the efforts put forth in these various ways 
result in much strife, contention and bitterness. The reason for it is this: 
these various goals or schemes of men represent human reasoning 
and are the result of the wisdom of men, and the apostle tells us "this 
wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish." 
(James 3:15.) 

There is a determined effort on foot to control the moral, social and 
spiritual activities of the human family with the power of control 
centered in "man." This is one of the gravest "affairs" that is confronting 
Christian people at the present time. The great majority of professing 
Christian people have become entangled in this movement and have 
surrendered to it bringing upon themselves reproach and causing the 
way of truth to be evil spoken of. 

Christian people have a higher calling than anything this world has to 
offer and to turn aside from this to some fancied scheme of men, the 
product of some deluded mind, is but to become entangled in 
something that will lead him down to destruction. All who have 
accepted the Christ and His plan of salvation as given in the gospel 
have a definite obligation to fulfill. "For ye are bought with a price: 
therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's." 
(I Cor. 6:20.) How can we glorify God in our body and spirit? Simply by 
yielding our lives completely into his service. Such a life is well pleasing 
to God. When Jesus was here on earth He gave us an example of a 
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spoke from heaven, "This is my beloved Son in whom I am well 
pleased; hear ye Him." (Matt. 17:5.) What was the secret of Jesus' life 
which won the Father's approval? Jesus' own words reveal this, "and 
He that sent Me is with Me: the Father hath not left me alone; for I do 
always those things that please Him." (John 8:29.) If we desire the 
approval of the Father, then we should do likewise. 

We have in the Holy Scriptures a standard of life set forth which is 
sufficient for the needs of the whole human family. If all men would but 
turn to God in faith believing and do those things which please Him 
these problems, these perplexities of humanity would disappear. Then 
indeed would we have universal peace, social security and economic 
security. 

If the human family continues on in folly and sin it is hopelessly 
doomed. "Thus saith the Lord; cursed by the man that trusteth in man, 
and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the Lord." 
(Jer. 17:5.) "Ye cannot serve God and mammon." 

OBITUARY 

LYDIA KINTNER 

Sis. Lydia Kintner was born June 21, 1909, in Peru, Indiana, to 
Jacob and Tena (Lorenz) Smith. Her father died when she was three 
years old leaving her mother to raise three children alone. As a young 
girl, Lydia attended a country school east of Plevna, Indiana, and then 
later in Greentown, Indiana. Because of poor eyesight, Lydia dropped 
out of high school. 

Lydia accepted the Lord and was baptized at an early age in the 
Church of the Brethren. Later, she became a charter member of the 
Plevna Dunkard Brethren Church where she was an active member 
until her death. 

Lydia married Monroe Kintner March 31, 1929. She spent her time 
as a homemaker and mother. She and Monroe had a wonderful 
relationship that lasted sixty-three years. Monroe preceded her in 
death November 17, 1992. 

Lydia was the mother of four children. Paul Edward, who died as a 
teenager, Ruthanna Lilly of LaFontaine, Indiana, Mildred Skiles of 
Cuba, New Mexico and Richard, who was still-born. She is survived by 
six grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren, a brother, Fred 
Smith, Wabash, Indiana, a step-sister, Maxine Kiser, Silver Lake, 
Indiana, and many friends and relatives. 

Those of us who knew Lydia knew her as a person who had great 
concern for her family. She was a person who loved to travel and liked 
to see action. She was one who was not critical of others. 

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functions. Beginning in 1950, her family attended as many General 
Conferences as possible. 

In her later years, as her eyesight worsened and her hearing 
declined, she accepted these inconveniences gracefully and 
cooperated nicely with those who cared for her. As a part of her 
regular, daily prayers, Lydia asked the Lord that He continue to give her 
the right use of her mind — a prayer which He graciously answered. 

Lydia died at 2:05 P.M., March 25, 1997, at Presbyterian Hospital in 
Albuquerque, New Mexico. She was eighty-seven years old. 

Her passing leaves a void in our lives, an ache in our hearts, and 
tears in our eyes. But through those tears, we can smile and rejoice in 
the satisfaction of knowing that Lydia is in the presence of her loving 
Savior. 

Funeral services were held March 29, 1997, at the Plevna Dunkard 
Brethren Church. Brother Lloyd Lorenz and Elder Robert Carpenter 
officiated the service and gave comforting thoughts and Scriptures. 
Songs sung were "My God and I", "Where We'll Never Grow Old", "Our 
God, He Is Alive", and "I'll Fly Away." 

Burial was in Thraikill Cemetery where Elder Mike Wray had the 
graveside service. 

The family thanks those who showed love and concern in so many 
ways. 

GENTLE SPIRIT 

Gentle Spirit, 

Quiet grace, 

Angelic smile 

On her weathered face. 



Shining witness 

To those she knew, 

Her faith in Christ 

Remaining true. 

Always welcome 

At her door, 

Happy memories 

I'll keep in store 

Her journey is over. 
What sweet release, 

In Jesus' arms, 
What joyous peace! 

by Martha Heer 



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NEWS ITEMS 

MINISTERIAL LIST CHANGE 

The telephone company has given Elder Mike Wray a new 
telephone number. The new number is: 765-473-6371. 

The complete zip code forTorreon Navajo Mission is 87013-9701. 

DALLAS CENTER, IOWA 

The Lord willing, the Dallas Center Congregation is looking forward 
to a week's Revival Meeting, beginning on Sunday, August 10 through 
Sunday, August 17. Bro. Rudy Shaffer from Manheim, Pennsylvania 
will be our Evangelist. Evening Services will begin at 7:30. Our 
Lovefeast will be on Saturday, August 16, with all day services on 
Sunday, August 17. Please come and enjoy these services with us. 
Also pray for Bro. Rudy and all of us that our gathering together will 
bring Glory to God and salvation to lost souls. 

We are glad to report that two more souls were received into our 
fellowship by baptism in April, Sis. Darla Keller and Bro. Joseph 
Hawbaker. We are rejoicing with them. May God bless and keep each 
one. 

Sister Arlene Flora, Cor. 

WINTERHAVEN, CALIFORNIA 

The Winterhaven Congregation enjoyed the presence of Elder and 
Sister Galen Litfin, of Newberg, Oregon on June 1, 1997. We were 
made happy to receive Bro. Walter C. Myers of San Diego, California 
into our fellowship on his prior baptism. 

THANK YOU! 

Greetings in Jesus' precious name! It was a wonderful and 
memorable experience for us to make a trip to Israel and Greece. We 
left the United States, April 14, made a stopover in Athens and arrived 
in Tel Aviv around 9:00 P.M. We were in Israel seven days which 
was during the Jewish Passover. It was a lovely time of the year with 
Spring flowers in full bloom. Many had come from different places for 
Passover which included a large group from Ethiopia. We returned to 
Athens and visited the old city of Corinth. A group picture was taken 
at the Bema (judgment seat) to which Paul was brought. 

The Lord's timing was so evident through it all. The entire trip was 
made without mishap. We had been cautioned about sickness, pick- 
pockets and violence, but none of these things happened. We had an 
interesting walk after dark along the wall of the old city and inside 
where street clean-up was beginning and the people were putting 
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the places where events in the Bible took place. 

Having both excellent tour hosts and an Israeli tour guide added so 
much to making it a good learning experience. Our tour guide passed 
out ear phones to us (twenty seven in our group) right away which 
was an excellent aid. We could always hear her no matter how big 
the crowds or how loud the interferences. 

We want to take this opportunity to thank the unknown people who 
made this trip possible! Our vocabulary is limited when we try to 
express what it all meant to us. We also thank all who prayed for us 
during this time! May God richly bless each of you. 

Brother David and Sister Mildred Skiles 

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS FOR JULY 1997 

July 6 - The Gift of Christ's Suffering - Hebrews 2:9-18. 

1 . How was Christ made a little lower than the angels? 

2. By what means was Christ made perfect? 

July 13 -Jesus Christ: The High Priest- Hebrews 3:1-11. 

1 . Explain how Jesus Christ and Moses are examples of 
faithfulness. 

2. How is it possible to see the works of God and yet err in 
our heart and not know the ways of God? 

July 20 - Partakers With Christ - Hebrews 3:12-19. 

1 . How can we believe and yet be hardened through the 
deceitfulness of sin? 

2. Explain the importance of steadfastness in being "made 
partakers of Christ"? 

July 27 - God Provides a Rest For His People - Hebrews 4:1-11. 

1 . What must we as hearers do to make the preached word 
profitable to us? 

2. Why does it take "labour to enter into that rest"? 



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YOUNG PEOPLE'S SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS 
FOR JULY 1997 

July 6 - Excuses - Gen. 3:12, Ex. 3:11, Matt. 25:24-25, Luke 14:15-20, 

Rom. 1:20. 

1 . Explain the difference between a reason and an excuse. 

2. What part does fear play in excuse making? 

July 13 - Hopes - Rom. 4:16-18, Rom. 8:24, Rom. 15:4, I Cor. 13:13, I 
Peter 3:15. 

1 . Explain the similarities of faith and hope. The differences. 

2. What are the reasons of the hope that is in us? 

July 20 - Ambitions - 1 Cor. 9:24, I Cor. 12:31, I Cor. 14:1-12, Phil. 
3:13-14, II Tim. 2:15. 

1 . Explain why the way we run the race is just as important as 
winning the race. 

2. Why is it so important to have natural and spiritual goals? 

July 27 - The Sower of the Seed - Matt. 13:1-23. 

1 . How are our own experiences in this life like parables from 
which we must learn spiritual lessons? 

2. What do we have, that the Disciples did not, which will help 
us discern the spiritual lessons in life's parables? 

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VOL. LXXV 



JULY1, 1997 



NO. 13 



"For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



OUR WATCHWORD: Go into all 
the world and preach the gospel. 



OUR AIM: Be it our aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 



LOVE IS THE FOUNTAIN 

Love is the fountain whence 

All true obedience flows; 

The Christian serves the God he loves, 

And loves the God he knows. 

He treads the heav'nly road, 

And neither faints nor tires; 

That gen'rous love which warms his breast 

With fortitude inspires. 



No burden seems so great, 
No task so hard appears, 
But this he cheerfully performs, 
And that he meekly bears. 



May love — that shining grace- 
O'er all my pow'rs preside; 
Direct my thoughts, suggest my words, 
And ev'ry action guide! 

-Isaac Watts 



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TOO BUSY! 

We live in a very busy and frenzied world. Although we think we 
have little to do with the world, we have become caught up in this 
world's busyness. We, like the world around us, have become 
involved in occupations, trades and professions. Unfortunately, this 
busyness can have an impact on our Christian lives. This impact can 
become a challenge that either weakens or strengthens our Christian 
lives. We have not become members of God's family to be hermits. 
Christians must be Christians wherever they are. They must live the 
life of a child of God even in the midst of the world's busyness. 

There is a certain amount of busyness that goes with life in 
general. Choosing a career and doing well in that field will bring 
much busyness. This busyness can become a trap. A person's focus 
can become centered on acquiring possessions, money or position. 
There is little time left for the other areas of life. We hear of this 
happening to executives of large corporations, but it is not limited to 
them. It happens also to people in other situations. Plumbers, 
electricians, painters, physicians, or even farmers can become so 
engrossed in their work and in acquiring its rewards that they lose 
sight of the other important areas of their lives. Many failed marriages 
and broken friendships can be traced to an unreasonable devotion to 
the pursuit of possessions, money and position. Wisdom is needed in 
balancing the efforts made in life. An effort needs to be invested in 
pursuing a career or profession, at the same time, there needs to be a 
moderation in that effort, so the other important areas of life are not 
ignored. 

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If a person does not give his best to his occupation, he is not being 
a true child of God. God expects His children to give their best to 
their work. It would be dishonest to do any less. A Christian dare not 
be dishonest. The Christian owes a loyalty to his employer, it should 
not be his greatest loyalty, but nonetheless it should be of importance 
to him. 

Work is important. A man who does not provide for his family is 
worse than an infidel. God has ordained that man should work. He 
has established weeks containing seven days. Six of these days are 
for pursuing an occupation or profession. The other day He has given 
as a day of rest and worship. He knew that men would grow weary 
and would need refreshment. Not only would his physical being need 
refreshment, but his spiritual being also. Therefore God has provided 
man with a day of worship, when both his body and soul can be 
revived and strengthened to face the challenges of another week. 
This is especially necessary for Christians today as they meet the 
greater personal challenge of working in the world's workplaces. 

The conscientious Christian must allow time for the Spiritual affairs 
of his life. He must not allow business to compromise his day of rest 
and worship. He must do his Godly duty by supporting his family, not 
only materially, but also Spiritually. He must give time to his children. 
Even more importantly he must devote himself to his wife. He must 
be the Spiritual leader of his household. Not only must he lead, he 
also must have a time of Spiritual refreshment for himself. He 
especially needs a time of prayer and Bible study. Less formal than 
these times of devotion, he should have a time of meditation. 

Too often the pressures of life drive each of us to keep as busy as 
humanly possible. We hardly have time to think. The enemy of our 
souls is pleased to have us this busy, for he does not want us to 
consider our ways and our relationships with others and with God. 
God has told us to consider our ways very carefully. He has given 
instructions to examine ourselves to see how we stand compared to 
the faith that has been delivered to us. This needs to be done more 
often than on Lovefeast occasions. It needs to be done very often. 
We need to see how we measure up. 

Beyond this self-examination, we need to ponder about God: who 
He is and His attributes. We need to think about His Son, our Savior, 
and what He has done for us and what our response to Him should 
be. We need to consider the direction of the Holy Spirit in our lives. 
Are we letting Him lead us in God's will? 

Our occupations and careers are important. Our labor as 
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and pondering the deeper things of life and the God who has put us 
here. 

What are you thinking about? 

M.C.Cook 

We live in deeds, not years; in thoughts, not breaths, 
In feelings, not in figures on a dial. 
We should count time by heart throbs. 
He most lives 
Who thinks most, feels the noblest, acts the best. 
Life's but a means unto an end; that end 
Beginning, mean, and end to all things- 
God. 
-Philip James Bailey 

A REPORT FROM KENYA 

The following letter was received by Brother Paul Stump from 
Kapenguria, Kenya. 

June 3, 1997 
Dear Bro. Paul, 

I greet you in the mighty name of our Lord Jesus Christ. I hope 
you and other Brethren in America are all fine as we are here in the 
Lord. 

I am very grateful to have this opportunity to communicate with 
you. It is now six months since you departed from us. I am therefore 
glad to remember you through this letter. How are you faring with 
your family? I believe you have been touched by Christ to go on with 
a Vision of spreading the Gospel in Africa. How is the climatical 
condition over there? What of Agricultural activities? Are you 
harvesting or planting? Above all, how is my sister, Mary Stump? I 
hope she is physically healthy and spiritually strong .in the Lord. And 
how is the Dunkard Brethren Church in America? Is it expanding or 
not ... for the Bible tells me that a good tree has to bear fruits; 
Matthew 3:10. 

Brother, I believe you can commemorate me clearly from the time 
you were here in Africa. I, Pastor Hosea Ambudo, God has 
fabulously cared for me and my wife Florence together with six 
children I was blessed with. All of us are under the blood and the 
peace of Jesus Christ. We have been blessed a lot, especially with 
your teachings. The doctrine of the Dunkard Brethren Church has 
really brought changes and a new look in our Christian life. The 
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and I thank God because of its rapid growth. Expect to see a 
wonderful church when you come again to Kenya. Many people are 
supporting the teaching of our church, especially the baptism done by 
the Dunkard Brethren Church. It is a true baptism we have taught 
people here. And God has prepared and still prepares more souls 
that I expect you to baptize when you come next to Kenya. I just 
glorify our Father in Heaven for the light brought in Africa through you. 
I have been convinced by the contents of the polity book that we 
Africans had been in darkness and gone against the word of God. 
But now we are shining, for we have known the truth and the truth has 
set us free indeed. 

Nevertheless, I am glad for the Lord has been kind enough to exalt 
me in a unique manner. I was made the Chairman of the outreach 
board and the Treasurer of the General Mission board in Kenya. 
Those are difficult tasks given to me and they require tremendous 
prayers. I am not shaken, for through the powers of God I will 
manage; however, we have tried our level best to move here and 
there preaching the Gospel, and God has blessed our efforts with 
three more churches in addition of the five churches we had before. 
Now, we have a total of eight churches in Kenya. The number of 
people receiving the teachings of the Dunkard Brethren Church in 
Kenya is increasing rapidly. Many people are positively desiring to 
join us. Now, should we go on opening more branches of the church 
or not? I ask this because I believe you understand that we are 
financially poor and for such a work to proceed efficiently, it requires 
enough funds. 

May the Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. AMEN. 

Yours in the Lord, 
Pastor Hosea Ambundo 

AND NOW ABIDETH HOPE 

What is hope? The dictionary says, 1 . Wish for something with 
some expectation. 2. To be confident, Trust. 3. Hope against hope. 
To persist in hoping for something against the odds. Rom. 4:18, 
"Who (Abraham) against hope believed in hope, that he might 
become the father of many nations, according to that which was 
spoken. So shall thy seed be." 

So Abraham had hope, against all the odds of a body an hundred 
years old, because God said it. And we can have hope against all 
hope, because Christ came to give us hope. He gave it to us when 
we were dead in trespasses and sins. 

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Job said, 7:6, "My days are swifter than a weaver's shuttle, and are 
spent without hope." Later he said, chapter 14:7-10, "For there is 
hope of a tree, if it be cut down, that it will sprout again, and that the 
tender branch thereof will not cease. Though the root thereof wax old 
in the earth, and the stock thereof die in the ground; Yet through the 
scent of water it will bud, and bring forth boughs like a plant. But man 
dieth, and wasteth away: yea, man giveth up the ghost, and where is 
he?" 

Job asks the question that comes to all of us. Chapter 14:14, "If a 
man die, shall he live again?..." And he answers, chapter 19:25-26, 
"For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the 
latter day upon the earth: And though after my skin worms destroy 
this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God." 

The Psalmist says in chapter 16:8-10, "I have set the Lord always 
before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. 
Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall 
rest in hope. For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou 
suffer thine Holy One to see corruption." That he was speaking of 
Christ is confirmed in Acts 2:22-36. Because of this we can rest in 
hope. 

Psalm 42:5, "Why art thou cast down, my soul? and why art thou 
disquieted in me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him for the 
help of his countenance." This is repeated, with slight variation in 
verse 11 and 43:5. 

The wise man said in Prov. 14:32, "The wicked is driven away in 
his wickedness: but the righteous hath hope in his death." 

I would like to speak of the prophet Jeremiah. It was his lot to 
prophesy of the judgment against Judah. Because of his prophecies, 
he was called a traitor. He was imprisoned. He was cast into a pit. 
He also prophesied that Israel would be restored after seventy years 
of captivity. 

He showed his hope, by buying the field of Hanamul, and putting 
the evidence in a safe place. Jer. 32:15, "For thus saith the Lord of 
hosts, the God of Israel; Houses and fields and vineyards shall be 
possessed again in this land." 

Please read Lam. 3:18-29, better yet read the whole book of 
Lamentations of Jeremiah (The weeping prophet). Especially take 
note of Lam. 3:26, "It is good that a man should both hope and quietly 
wait for the salvation of the Lord." 

At least three times in the Book of Acts, Paul declared his hope 
before three different audiences, Acts 23:6, 24:15, 26:6-7. Again in 
his Epistle to the Romans in Rom. 4:18, 5:4-5, 8:20-25, 15:1-14, he 



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shows his hope. 

To the Ephesian Gentiles he wrote of the time they were without 
hope, Eph. 2:12. He gave thanks for they who had believed, that they 
should know the hope of his calling. Please read Eph. 1:15-23. 

From prison he wrote to the Philippians, chapter 1:20, "According 
to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be 
ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ 
shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death." 

Read and meditate on his words to the Colossians in chapter 1:21- 
29. 

To the Thessalonians in chapter 5:8, "But let us, who are of the 
day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an 
helmet, the hope of salvation." 

To Timothy in chapter 1:1 "Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the 
commandment of God our Saviour, and Lord Jesus Christ, which is 
our hope." 

To Titus, chapter 1:1-2, "Paul, a servant of God, and an apostle of 
Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God's elect, and the 
acknowledging of the truth which is after godliness; In hope of eternal 
life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began." 
And in chapter 2:13, "Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious 
appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ." 

Read Heb. 6:10-20 for our hope surely is an anchor of the soul, 
both sure and steadfast. 

Our hope has substance, because we have faith. We expect to 
receive the things we hope for, because he has promised. Heb. 11:1, 
"Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things 
not seen." 

Peter also writes of hope in I Pet. 1:3, "Blessed be the God and 
Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant 
mercy h9th begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection qf 
Jesus Christ from the dead." Verse 13, "Wherefore gird up the loins of 
your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be 
brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ." Verse 21 , "Who by 
him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave 
him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God." 

I Pet. 3:15, "But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready 
always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of 
the hope that is in you with meekness and fear." 

John, after assuring us that we are the sons of God, and that we 
shall be like him, and see him as he is, reminds us, I John 3:3, "And 
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pure." 

That God may bless you abundantly, is the prayer of your unworthy 
servant. 

Brother William Carpenter 

WHAT DO I THINK HEAVEN WILL BE LIKE 

When our Bible class teacher asked us to write on this subject I 
immediately recalled that the Bible says, "...Eye hath not seen, nor 
ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things 
which God hath prepared for them that love him." Are we treading on 
forbidden territory to try to do so? 

It is quite a challenge, because I cannot do justice to the realities of 
Heaven. Christ said before He left this earth almost two thousand 
years ago, "I go to prepare a place for you...". He has been preparing 
for His redeemed a great Golden City where the light never ceases, 
for there is no night there. There is no need for sun or moon because 
our Saviour is the light of that city, where the twelve gates are of 
pearls. The streets of gold are so purified that it is clear as glass. 
The tiny bit of gold that proud people pay high prices for to adorn 
themselves will be as nothing compared to the streets we will walk on 
in Heaven. The twelve great gates of that great city, New Jerusalem, 
will never be closed. Each gate will be each one great pearl. Our 
birthstone may be one of the gates. 

We will no longer have our carnal bodies, for they will have been 
changed into spiritual bodies. Therefore we will never suffer pain or 
even a common cold. Neither sickness nor death shall take away our 
family or loved ones. We will live on and on through the millenniums 
of time and never grow old. We will be with Yahshua, who died to set 
us free from the bondage of sin and death. Satan and his imps are 
forever barred from Yahweh's place in the Glory world. 

We will have no need of money, that people so covet after on 
earth, because our needs will all be supplied free, The River of Life, 
clear and clean as crystal, will never go dry nor overflow Heaven. 
The Tree of Life will be growing on both sides of the River of Life and 
will produce a different fresh fruit each month of the year. This 
delicious fruit will never need spraying with poisonous sprays, nor any 
such thing because the bad insects will not be in Heaven. 

I believe everyone will be living as one great godly family, 
thoughtful and kind to one another. I also believe we will know each 
other and also be known of them. 

I do not think that we will be idle, but every person will have work to 
do. We will have our assignments as to what it will be. Might some of 



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us be guardian angels sent to some far distant planet to help and 
watch over someone to guide him on his way heavenward? This 
would be just as we have been guided through this world by the silent 
soft words of comfort and direction that helped us so much on our way 
to glory. 

I believe we will be blessed with many things that will make us 
happy. These are things that the Bible does not mention being in this 
Golden City and its surroundings. I believe our eyes have never seen 
such a beautiful landscape of lakes, trees and, yes, flowers, too. They 
will be of kinds we have never seen on earth, growing in colors, size, 
beauty and scent that we have never experienced on earth. 

I believe we have some things on earth that we will not have in 
heaven — cars, airplanes, trains and ships. We will not have oceans to 
cross. In our glorified bodies we will have our own transportation, 
perhaps in the twinkling of an eye. We will not have evil in any form to 
contend with. 

A question I have been asked different times when someone loses 
a cherished pet, "Do you think there will be animals and birds in 
Heaven?" I do not think our Saviour overlooked anything that will give 
us good, satisfying pleasure in Heaven. I believe there will be animals 
and birds there. Perhaps our favorite pets will be right there to 
welcome us. Who knows? Even the animal kingdom will be at peace 
in Heaven. Children and vicious earth animals will joyfully play 
together. 

We work so hard to have a few tarnished things in this world, when 
our Saviour has provided so much more in perfection for eternity 
without the pains and trials that Satan puts us through in our present 
world. Let us keep His commandments and plan to meet each other 
in that glorious home. We cannot imagine in our earthly minds how 
beautiful and glorious Heaven must be, 

Sister Ruth M. Snyder 
6159 Garrett Highway 
Oakland, MD 21550 

SIXTY YEARS AGO 

July 1,1937 

LIFE, LIGHT, LIBERTY 

Ida M. Helm 

Part One 

"In the beginning was the word, and the word, was with God, and 

the word was God... In Him was life; and the life was the light of men." 

(St. John 1:1,4.) 



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In the beginning the Spirit hovered over the mass of chaos and 
darkness, the waste of waters. "And God said, let there be light: and 
there was light." (Gen. 1 :3.) The world was created by Him and every 
thing that is therein. Everything that God made was good, but 
through Satan sin came into the world and with it came thorns and 
thistles and fetters of sin, and death and sorrow and pain, and today 
the world is in darkness, blinded and fettered with sin. 

In the last days of the old degenerate world in which St. Paul lived 
and looked around on the things which he saw, and guided by the 
Spirit he wrote, "Even as they did not like to retain God in their (moral) 
knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those 
things which are not convenient; being filled with all unrighteousness, 
fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness, full of envy, 
murder, deceit, malignity, whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, 
despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to 
parents, without understanding, covenant breakers, without natural 
affection, implacable, unmerciful, who knowing the judgment of God, 
that they which commit such things are worthy of death not only do 
the same, but have pleasure in them that do them." (Rom. 1:28-32.) 

Man, created by God and in the image of God, instinctively knew 
God, but there were things that appealed to them and they put before 
God, and they did not like to think about God and do His will, and 
finally God gave them over to the devices of their own wicked hearts 
and minds, and they came to a dreadful state of moral and spiritual 
depravity, darkness and deadness. 

The Light continued to shine amidst the dreadful darkness, but the 
darkness comprehended it not. They had placed a bushel over the 
Light of the World. 

"Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. 
(Psalms 109:105.) The light that reveals our sins is the light that 
delivers us from it, and imparts new. life and light. Jesus says to His 
children, "Ye are the light of the world." God's children have in Jesus 
and His word the cure for the blindness and darkness in which this old 
earth is groping today. They have in Jesus and His word the solution 
to the tangle and problems that are puzzling the whole world today. 

God's children are to be filled with the Spirit and live the Christ life 
every day that they may reflect to others, Jesus, the lifegiver, the 
Light of the World. 

The prophet Isaiah recognized the need of every person for the 
illuminating, uplifting power of God. He wrote, "The smoking flax shall 
he not quench: he shall bring forth judgment unto truth." (Isaiah 41:3.) 

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dim flame that needs to be fostered and touched by the tongues of 
the fire of the Spirit of God in order to blaze up and burn brightly and 
shine in the corner of the world in which God has placed them. A 
constant supply of the oil of the Spirit is needed to keep the light 
shining continually. The Christian church is being weakened and 
robbed of her light and power by the religions of the world who are 
teaching for doctrine the commandments of men and rejecting the 
doctrine brought from heaven by God's Son. They are hiding the 
Light of God. 

We are living in a peculiar time today, in the noonday of 
Christianity, with Bibles on every hand, in the home, the library, in 
public rooms wherever man and women go. Bibles are printed for 
free distribution that may be had for the asking. People may read and 
study the Bible from morning until night and from night until morning if 
they will, yet it is a time of gross darkness and ignorance of the things 
of God. The world is blinded and fettered by sin. The darkness that 
hides the truth robs a man of his real freedom. 

How large a part of the uncharitableness of men toward their fellow 
being is due to want of light? It may be that darkness is the worst kind 
of bondage. The light of truth as it is in Jesus will light the individual 
life. Jesus, God's Son, is the life-giver, the deliverer from sin, the 
conqueror of Satan. If the Son make you free, ye shall be free 
indeed. 

Social life today is rushing madly after the lure of the false lights of 
the world with its lodges, games, fun and frolic, dancing and gay 
entertainment, its amusements, movies and joy rides. Boys and alas, 
girls that were once pure as the morning due are being contaminated 
by wine and cigarettes and their attending vices. The Christless world 
of education is in intellectual darkness. 

Many a God-fearing boy and girl left a Christian home with its altar 
and regular church worship on Sunday, and entered college where all 
or a part of the Bible is cut out, and come home no longer whole 
hearted, devout worshippers of God, but half-hearted Christians or 
perhaps avowed infidels. 

The minds of many, many men and women are being blinded by 
following fake shepherds who reject most of the teachings of Jesus, 
instead of studying the Bible for themselves. If the blind lead the blind 
both will fall into the ditch. 

Baptism, feet washing, the Lord's supper, the salutation of the holy 
kiss, plain dressing, the simple life are relegated to the rear or to the 
dump heap. Bazaars, church suppers, entertainment are taking their 
place, and people are kneeling at the goddess of fashion. Some will 



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with one hand grasp the garb of the world and with the other reach 
out to receive the sacred emblems of the broken body and shed blood 
of Christ. Politics is reeking with corruption, with its cunning and 
craftiness and distrust and ambition and greed and grasping after 
power and fame till they have almost forgotten about God. The large 
majority of the rulers of the world ignore God and some have dared to 
defy Him. 

The effect of many forms of sin is wrecking the life, curbing the 
usefulness and shortening the life of the transgressor. The primrose 
path is deceitful and reeking with poison. If a man drive his 
automobile unscrupulously to the utmost of its capacity something is 
bound to happen speedily. The capacity of vice which at first may 
seem to yield enjoyment will in the end bring loathing and remorse 
and death. The deeds we do go to strengthen habits from which they 
spring, they go to form us into a character for good or evil. If we 
follow the evil it will bind us in fetters and a slavery from which we can 
not escape, always becoming more degrading and the fetters more 
tightly bound. 

The blinded and fettered one cannot see nor feel his way out, nor 
break through the tangles of sin. Jesus the Deliverer, the Light of the 
World shines for every one. He says it is the sick that need the 
physician. He came to call sinners to repentance. When He was 
living in this world among men the miracles He performed of opening 
blind eyes, unloosing tied tongues, unstrapping deaf ears, imparting 
health to every form of disease, casting out demons, is a sign of the 
greater miracle that delivers men from the darkness and fetters of sin 
and given light and life and liberty. 

HOME 

Our recent 50th Wedding Anniversary celebration has brought to 
mind valuable things. The program and the words that were spoken 
made an impression. 

The family and the home were organized from the beginning. It's 
so unique that the Church of Jesus Christ was patterned after it. No 
church or nation can be secure without secure homes. Ephesians 
5:21-25 and Colossians 3:18-19 gives a clear and brief outline for a 
Christian home and marriage to last for a lifetime. 

First is mentioned: submit yourselves one to another. Next: wives 
submit yourselves to your own husbands. Last: husbands love your 
wives. 

Wives belong to their own husbands and not another man in all 
things. Wives have the right to expect their husbands' love, financial 



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support, physical protection and most of all true and wise Christian 
leadership. The husband is to be the leader in all things. That is a 
tremendous responsibility. That includes being a peacemaker as well 
as promoting all Christian standards. 

What is responsibility? God has never given responsibility to 
anyone who can not be successful. There is an answer. If the 
husband is a true believer in close contact with God, that will bring 
about God's will to be done. 

There will be crosses to bear. There can be no victory without a 
battle on the part of both husband and wife. Let us look at 
ourselves. We are often guilty of the same things we accuse our 
companions of. These things must be corrected in the husband's life 
before he can be a good example and a successful leader. 
Remember the wife is the weaker vessel and must be loved and 
tolerated as such. 

Wives honor, respect and encourage your husbands and never say 
"I told you so." Behind every successful man there is a good woman. 

Thanks to all who have sent cards and letters for our 50th 
Anniversary. Thanks to all who have prayed for us over these many 
years. 

Love 

Homer Mellott 

OBITUARY 

ELLIS ARMSTRONG 

Bro. Ellis John Armstrong passed away on February 20, 1997, 
following a year long illness. He was born on April 17, 1922, to 
William Earl and Catherine (Sinclair) Armstrong in Gladwin County 
Michigan. 

At the age of eighteen, he accepted Jesus as his Savior and was 
baptized into the West. Fulton Dunkard Brethren Church, where he 
served as a deacon for many years. On his nineteenth birthday, April 
17, 1941, he married Alberta L. Eby and she survives. Also surviving 
are his daughters, Nancy (Gary) Rathburn of Wauseon, Ohio and 
Lola (Joe) Flory of West Unity, Ohio; three granddaughters, Kate, 
Karen and Kristy Flory of West Unity, Ohio and one sister, Nina 
Lechner of Gladwin, Michigan. He was preceded in death by his 
parents, one brother William E. Armstrong and two sisters, Alta 
Lindenberg and Mary Helen Armstrong. 

Ellis was a farmer all his life. He also worked at the Fulton 
Manufacturing Company in Wauseon for twenty-five years, retiring in 
1984. Since then, he spent his time with his family, happy to help 



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wherever he was needed, to fix a lawn mower, get a car started, feed 
calves, haul stone, or even bake cookies. He was always busy. He 
also enjoyed traveling. He and Alberta took several trips around the 
country to go to church conferences and to visit friends. His greatest 
desire in life was to know his entire family had accepted Jesus as 
their Savior and know he would see them all again. 

Funeral services were held at the West Fulton Dunkard Brethren 
Church on Saturday, February 22, 1997. Elder Edward Johnson and 
ministers Tom St. John and Fred Johnson officiated at the services. 

The family would like to thank everyone for the prayers, visits, 
telephone calls, cards and letters during Ellis' illness and following his 
death. Your thoughtfulness was much appreciated. 

GOD'S GARDEN MUST BE BEAUTIFUL 

God looked around the garden, 

and found an empty space. 

He looked down upon the earth, 

and saw your tired face. 

He put his arms around you, 

and lifted you to rest. 

God's garden must be beautiful 

for he only takes the best. 

He knew that you were weary, 

and he knew you were in pain. 

He knew that you would never, 

be well on earth again. 

He saw the roads were getting rough, 

and the hills were hard to climb. 

So he closed your weary eyelids, 

and whispered peace be thine. 

NEWS ITEMS 

PUBLICATION BOARD REORGANIZATION 

Effective immediately, all contributions for the Publication Board 
should be sent to the new Secretary, Bro. Mike Wray, R.5 Box 98 
Peru, IN 46970. 

ENGLEWOOD, OHIO 

Revival Meetings at Englewood will begin July 11 and end July 20. 
If the Lord wills, Brother Ray Stuber will be refreshing our hearts and 
minds with God's Word. Services start at 7:45 P.M. weeknights and 
at 6:00 P.M. Sunday evenings. Everyone welcome! 



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Sister Ruth Speicher, Cor. 

SHREWSBURY, PENNSYLVANIA 

The Shrewsbury Congregation is looking forward to our Revival 
Meetings this summer. 

Bro. Wayne Burgess, from McClave, Colorado plans to be with us, 
Lord willing from July 25 through August 3. 

We invite all to pray, come and be blessed and drawn closer to our 
Precious Saviour. 

Sister Fern Ness, Cor. 

RIDGE, WEST VIRGINIA 

Updated directions to the Ridge, West Virginia Dunkard Brethren 
Church. 

From Interstate 68, which transverses east and west through 
western Maryland, proceed to Cumberland, Maryland. Take Route 
220 South through Keyser, West Virginia to US 50. (You will need to 
take a left turn to continue following Route 220.) Turn East (left) on 
US 50 and proceed to Ridgeville. Turn right (south) onto Knobley 
Road. 

Follow Knobley Road 7.8 miles (the Antioch Church of God will be 
on your right). Turn left onto Harness Run Road (which is unpaved). 
Keep to the right at the "Y", and proceed 1.5 miles to the Ridge 
church house on the left. 

Coming from east or west on US 50, turn south onto Knobley Road 
at Ridgeville, and follow the above directions (from Knobley Road to 
the church). 

THANK YOU 

We want to express a sincere thank you to each one who sent a 
Gard and/or a letter for our Silver Wedding Anniversary. It was special 
to receive cards from those so many miles away. We want you to 
know you helped make our 25th an occasion we will always 
remember. 

Brother Maury and Sister Ruth Ann Wells 

LOST AND FOUND 

Following General Conference, the following items were found in 

the meeting area. A small child's white sweater and a small child's 

pink, light jacket. These items may be obtained by contacting the 

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VOL. LXXV 



JULY 15, 1997 



NO. 14 



"For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



OUR WATCHWORD: Go into all 
the world and preach the gospel. 



OUR AIM: Be it our aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 



HOLY BIBLE, BOOK DIVINE 

Holy Bible, Book Divine, 
Precious treasure thou art mine; 
Mine, to tell me whence I came; 
Mine, to teach me what I am. 
Mine, to chide me when I rove; 
Mine, to show a Saviour's love; 
Mine art thou, to guide my feet; 
Mine to judge, condemn, acquit. 



Mine, to comfort in distress, 
If the Holy Spirit bless; 
Mine, to show by living faith 
Man can triumph over death, 
Mine, to tell of joys to come, 
Light and life beyond the tomb; 
Holy Bible, Book Divine, 
Precious treasure, thou art mine. 

-John Burton, Sr. 



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DIET AND EXERCISE 

Recent reports have indicated that many are overweight and out of 
shape. A casual observation would tend to confirm this conclusion. 
Many obviously are carrying extra pounds. They lack endurance not 
only because of this extra weight, but also because they are not in 
good physical condition. 

The Apostle Paul wrote Timothy that physical exercise did not 
profit. The Grace of God is not meted out according to physical 
condition, no matter whether a person is fat, skinny, flabby or in 
shape. Spiritual blessings from God are not based upon physical 
condition. He is interested in the heart of man not primarily his body. 
A person who is grossly overweight can be a Christian as well as the 
slim, svelte good-looking physical specimen. 

Today, there are many who overemphasize the development of the 
body. They exercise with weights, put themselves through many 
torturous workouts that they might have a superbly shaped body. 
Often they display this well-shaped body with a great deal of pride in 
immodest attire. These people forget that God gave them a 
wonderfully made body and good health so they could enjoy well- 
being. Their good condition may become a pitfall rather than a 
benefit. 

Being in poor physical condition is not a positive, Christian virtue. 
There is no virtue in ignoring the proper care of the tabernacle the 
Lord has given each of us. Without going to extremes in pursuing 
physical culture, it is well to care for the human body. 

We realize our ancestors gave little attention to their bodies' 
conditioning. Most in that long-ago time were required to do much 
strenuous physical labor. They could consume a poor diet, shirk an 

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exercise program, but still remain in a condition that allowed them to 
work day after day throughout lives of toil and sorrow. In our day of 
relative softness, we must be more careful of our diet and exercise. If 
we fail to provide for our body's well-being we will bring disease and 
affliction upon our bodies that serve as the temple of the Holy Spirit. 

It is obvious that we dare not contaminate that holy place with the 
world's destructive habits. Smoking, drinking, illicit affairs and other 
habits, popular in the world today, have no part in the temple of God's 
Holy Spirit. That body has been purchased with a high price, God's 
Own Son, Jesus Christ. It should be viewed as the sacred precinct of 
God. 

The cure for the human body that is out of shape is a regimen of 
diet and exercise. Many make the mistake of punishing the body with 
one quick fix diet after another. The body needs some exercise to 
accompany a more moderate intake of food. It is not just the amount 
of food but the type of food that is consumed. A small amount of 
unhealthy food is more dangerous than an overabundant amount of 
healthy food. Fats and sugars need to be regulated. The proteins, 
carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals, trace elements and other 
essentials need to be eaten daily to have a healthy body. Moderate 
exercise needs to be done three times a week. If a workable routine 
of healthy eating and healthy exercise is established, the body will 
benefit. 

There is a very evident parallel between the needs of the physical 
body and the Spiritual body. Our Spiritual lives are more important 
than our physical bodies. It is the Spirit that is going to dwell eternally 
with God after these physical bodies have decayed in the grave. That 
Spirit will be clothed in a recognizable, resurrected body. 

The Spiritual life needs a good diet. That diet would consist of the 
Word of God, through preaching, Bible Study, meditation and 
communication with God. There is a need for Christian fellowship as 
an aid in worship and in the study of the Word. There needs to be a 
workmanlike desire to know and to rightly handle the Word of God. 

However the Christian needs not only to know what he believes 
and why he believes it. He also needs to exercise his faith. A faith 
that is not exercised is dead. Physical exercises that are planned but 
never done will not do the body any good. The Christian faith must 
be lived to be alive. Exercise often involves opposition. In order to 
strengthen a muscle, it must be challenged. For a Christian to be 
strengthened, he must be challenged. He must be able to apply his 
knowledge of the Word and the practices of the Church to the 
situations that arise, day after day. 

I do not know what your physical body needs, but I do know that 
everyone needs Spiritual diet and exercise. Are you taking as good 



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care of your Spiritual body as you are your physical body? 

M.C.Cook 

TO THE CHURCHES AND THOSE INTERESTED IN 
THE AFRICAN MISSION WORK: 

June 25, 1997 

"Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the 
knowledge of the truth." Brother and Sister Verling Wolfe plan to 
accompany Brother and Sister Paul Stump to Africa in the late Fall to 
prepare the way for missionaries from the Dunkard Brethren Church 
(USA) to work with the African people and nurture the believers there. 
Brother and Sister Timothy Scofield with their two sons, Brother 
William and Brother Matthew, are preparing to follow them by the first 
of January, and will expect to serve for at least a year. Another family 
may replace Brother and Sister Wolfe by the first of February. 
Tentative plans are to locate in Kapenguria, Kenya and reach out to 
Uganda from there. 

The Orphan Sponsorship Program will be placed on hold at the 
end of the second term (August 31) until the Brethren are able to 
evaluate the project further. 

Communication and verification have been problems the last few 
months. 

We appeal to you for your continued prayerful support for the work 
in Africa, and especially for those who will be Ambassadors for Christ 
in Kenya and Uganda. If you have sent orphan support for more 
than six months in 1997 and want your overpayment refunded, just let 
us know; otherwise it will be used as needed. 

The Dunkard Brethren African Mission Board 

Brother Ray Reed, Secretary 

302 Percival 

Dallas Center, IA 50063-1014 

AND NOW ABIDETH CHARITY 

In writing this article we will use the word, "love." We believe that 
"charity" designates a special kind of love. In some cases we may 
use the word "love" in a different sense, but mostly this is the "love" of 
which we write. 

We discovered also that this is too large a subject for one article so 
we are dividing it into three headings, namely, The Love of God for 
Us, Our Love for God, and Our Love for One Another. 
THE LOVE OF GOD FOR US 
The love of God is greater far 
Than tongue or pen can ever tell; 
It goes beyond the highest star, 



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And reaches to the lowest hell. 
The guilty pair, bowed down with care, 
God gave His Son to win; 
His erring child He reconciled, 
And pardoned from his sin. 

When hoary time shall pass away, 
And earthly thrones and kingdoms fall; 
When men who here refuse to pray, 
On rocks and hill and mountains call; 
God's love, so sure, shall still endure, 
All measureless and strong; 
Redeeming grace to Adam's race— 
The saints' and angels' song. 

Could we with ink the ocean fill, 

And were the skies of parchment made; 

Were ev'ry stalk on earth a quill, 

And ev'ry man a scribe by trade; 

To write the love of God above 

Would drain the ocean dry; 

Nor could the scroll contain the whole, 

Tho' stretched from sky to sky. 

Oh, love of God, how rich and pure! 
How measureless and strong! 
It shall forevermore endure — 
The saints and angels song. 

That God loved the man and woman, whom He had created is 
evident since after they had sinned, He pronounced judgment upon 
them, but He also gave them hope of a redeemer. When wickedness 
became so great and He despaired of all men, he found a way to 
deliver some through Noah, who found grace in His sight. 

After wickedness again became great, God called Abraham, and 
gave him great and precious promises concerning his seed. 

Deut. 4:37, "And because he loved thy fathers, therefore he chose 
their seed after them, and brought thee out in his sight with his mighty 
power out of Egypt." 

Deut. 7:7-8, "The Lord did not set his love upon you, nor choose 
you, because ye were more in number than any people; for ye were 
the fewest of all people: But because the Lord loved you, and 
because he would keep the oath which he had sworn unto your 
fathers, hath the Lord brought you out with a mighty hand, and 
redeemed you out of the house of bondmen, from the hand of 



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Pharaoh king of Egypt." 

He turned the curse of Balaam into a blessing because he loved 
them. Deut. 23:5. 

Please read Isa. 43:1-7. 

Jer. 31:3, "The Lord hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I 
have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with 
lovingkindness have I drawn thee." 

In John 3:16 Jesus tells us how much God loves us. He loved us 
so much that He gave His Only Begotten Son. He told of the purpose 
of that gift, that we might not perish, but that we might have 
everlasting life. 

He loved us unto the end. John 13:1 , "Now before the feast of the 
passover, when Jesus knew that his hour was come that he should 
depart out of this world unto the Father, having loved his own which 
were in the world, he loved them unto the end." 

John 15:9-10, "As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: 
continue ye in my love. If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide 
in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and 
abide in his love." 

John 16:27, "For the Father himself loveth you, because ye have 
loved me, and have believed that I came out from God." 

Please read Rom. 5:5-8. Note especially verse 8, "But God 
commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, 
Christ died for us." 

Meditate for a while on Rom. 8:35-39. 

How can we not love and serve God in return for His great love for 
us? II Cor. 5:14-15, "For the love of Christ constraineth us; because 
we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead: And that he 
died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto 
themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again." 

Gal. 2:20, "I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, 
but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live 
by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for 

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me. 

Eph. 2:4-7 tells us of the mercy He bestows upon us because of 
His great love for us, while we were still sinners. That He made us 
alive in Christ to sit together in Heavenly places, and will continue to 
show his love, mercy and grace through the ages to come. 

Please read il Thess. 2:15-17. 

Please read and compare Prov. 3:11-12, Heb. 12:5-11 and Rev. 
3:19 and remember that even chastenings are a proof of His love for 
us. 

Meditate on I John 4:9-21 . 

Jude 20-21, "But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most 



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holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, Keep yourselves in the love of 
God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life." 

That you may keep yourself in the love of God, is the prayer of your 
unworthy servant. 

Brother William Carpenter 

HATH GOD SAID? 

Genesis 3:1, "Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of 
the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, 
Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?" 

The servants of God should daily affirm that the Word of God is 
one-hundred per-cent true. The last thing we need is to hear the 
Words of Our Lord disparaged over the pulpit or in the Bible Study. 
"Did God really say that?" or, "Does God really mean that?" These 
statements cast doubt upon the truthfulness and sincerity of Our Lord, 
just as that old devil did back in the Garden. 

"Hath God said?" Today many so-called preachers put holy living, 
separation from the world, and even the landmark teachings such as 
baptism and footwashing into another time and place. "That was for 
back then. Today we are more enlightened." Just look at what 
today's enlightenment has gotten us: sixty to one-hundred per-cent 
divorce rates, late term abortions, high juvenile crime rates, crack 
cocaine, heroine, AIDS in epidemic proportions, and total moral 
erosion. So much for modern-day enlightenment. 

In our scripture lesson we must understand that ADAM and EVE 
walked with God. They spent time in His very presence. Yet, Eve 
was made to doubt God through clever manipulation. In Matthew 
28:17 we read, "And when they saw him, they worshipped him; but 
some doubted." These people were in the VERY PRESENCE of 
Jesus Christ, yet some of them were doubtful. We might say, "If we 
could see Him and walk with Him and speak with Him we would never 
doubt!" Thomas did. He walked with Jesus for three and a half 
years, and he doubted. How much easier is it today to be led astray 
by the perverse thinking of this world. 

Yet the scriptures are plain: (John 14:16-17) "And I will pray the 
Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide 
with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot 
receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know 
him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you." In I Peter 1:22 it 
says, "Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through 
the Spirit,..." (the same Spirit of Truth spoken of by Jesus Christ in 
John 14). We have not been left alone, if that Comforter abides in us. 
Have you invited Him to abide in your heart? In Luke 11:13 we read, 
"If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: 



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how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to 
them that ask him?" 

We need not listen to the drum-beat of the world which asks "Hath 
God said?" We can trust in God that what He says is true. This is my 
prayer for the church today. 

May young and old thy word receive, 
Dead sinners hear thy voice and live; 
The wounded conscience healing find, 
And joy refresh each drooping mind. 
Brother Lynn H. Miller 
70 Round Barn Road 
Newmanstown, PA 17073-9162 

THAT MAN JOB 

First of all he was a godly man. He was wise. He was prudent. 
He was rich. He was knowledgeable. He was thoughtful and kind. 
He was prayerful. He was concerned. He was diligent and a man of 
pity. In all of these, he was firm to do what was right. The fact that he 
sat in the gate of his city would signify or verify that he was a ruler or 
king. It also signified that he had given of his wealth to the needy of 
the land. He lived to be old. After his tribulation period, he lived one 
hundred forty more years. Job 42:16-17. 

Scholars, through the centuries, have tried to find out who Job 
was? Where did he live in the land of Uz? Also, they have tried to 
find out who the author was. Who wrote the book of Job? In Bible 
study books, Job is listed under the poetical books of the Bible. It 
tells the story of his troubles, afflictions with disease, the destruction 
of his family, the overthrow of his prosperity, the discouragement of 
his friends, who misjudged him, and to be ill-advised by his wife, his 
life companion, who should have encouraged him. Eventually his 
recovery and God's blessings became a reality because he was 
found true and faithful to his Creator to the end. 

In the days following the Flood the world was uninhabited for a long 
time. A man could take his family and go to the spot that pleased 
him. There they could start their own little kingdom. This may have 
happened to Job's family. In Gen. 10:22-23 is listed the line from 
Noah, through Shem and Aram to his great-grandson Uz. He may 
have begun the land of Uz. Later the leadership of their little kingdom 
had fallen onto Job. The land of Uz, today, is thought to have been 
somewhere east of the Sea of Galilee or in the Far East. To me this 
seems to be the most likely posterity and place of his origin. He was 
acquainted with His God, offered sacrifice for his children, was a 
descendent of Shem, the only godly son of Noah. However his name 
is not recorded in Luke 10 as an ancestor of Arphaxad the brother of 



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Aram the father of Uz. Job's age would also correspond with the ages 
of people who lived in this period of history. 

Now for the author of Job: I cannot see how any person could have 
gone through the trials of Job, knew his feelings, his prayers, his 
misery, mental and physical, except Job and the Lord. I believe Job 
was a pious man who did not want the praise of man. Under those 
circumstances, he wrote with the desire to be an anonymous writer. 
Maybe the reader has a better suggestion. 

One thing I know is when it seems that all that lies ahead looks 
dreary, dark or painful that the reading of Job can give one renewed 
energy in life's inlook, outlook, and uplook through our Creator. The 
steadfastness of the life of Job can influence our future life. In 
sadness, depression, disappointment, sickness, war, or being 
forsaken by loved ones or whatever makes one feel almost like giving 
up, open your Bible, the book of all books of wisdom, to the book of 
Job. Read of the hardships, slanderous friends, pain, loss of loved 
ones, loss of wealth and even the Lord seemed to be hidden and did 
not answer his prayers, (Read Job 9:10, 23:8-17.) He did not give up, 
but kept on holding onto his Lord's promises knowing that sooner or 
later his prayers would be answered in God's own way. 

Oh for the faith of Job! In the end the story turned out so beautifully 
when Job's family was all restored, his prestige was restored, he 
prayed for his friends and they were restored, and I believe his place 
in government was restored in the land of Uz. A feast was made for 
all his family and friends with Job as the prestigious center of 
fellowship. 

A minister who had many troubles in his life, death, desertion, 
sickness and disappointment, told me one time that he had read the 
book of Job sixteen times. I do not know how many times I have read 
it myself. I do know when everything looks dark and dreary that is 
when I get out the book of Job. I go through the trials of Job. I 
partially experience his troubles, his perseverance, his faith, his 
holding fast to his faith and the wonderfully, blessed ending. It seems 
a new life has been laid out before me and a new dawn is about ready 
to burst into a new day of blessings. 

I hope these few paragraphs will help the reader in times of trial, 
disappointment, heartache, sickness, or whatever the trial may be. 
Forget the author but do not forget the message. Job has been 
inspiring people like you and me for hundreds and thousands of years. 
The Creator who helped and blessed him can also help and bless us, 
if not in this world then in the next. That will be best of all. 

Sister Ruth M. Snyder 
6159 Garrett Highway 
Oakland, MD 21550 



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DON'T DESPAIR 
When you're feeling so discouraged 

By the storms that come your way, 
And it seems you're always failing 

Every moment of the day. 
Don't despair but lean on Jesus 

You will hear Him gently say 
"Child I understand your weakness 

I will be your guide and stay." 

Then in faith pursue your journey 

Holding tightly to God's hand 
Trusting Him though shadows gather 

And you feel the sinking sand. 
For He has promised to go with you 

He will help you to understand 
All the pressures, toils and trials 

Till you reach fair Canaan's land 

Submitted by Sister Ruth Snyder 
Handprinted on a card from a friend. 

SIXTY YEARS AGO 

July 15, 1937 

LIFE, LIGHT, LIBERTY 

Ida M. Helm 

Part Two 

As there were false prophets in Israel, so there are false teachers 
in the world today, darkening the world around them. Wherever the 
true message from God went out among the people, there went out 
false messages from false prophets who used God's name to 
sanction messages that were the product of their own heart and mind. 
Error and great spiritual darkness marked such times. 

Hear Ezekiel's words, "Thus saith the Lord God; woe unto the 
foolish prophets that follow their own spirit and have seen nothing. 
Because ye have spoken vanity, and seen lies, therefore, behold, I 
am against you, saith the Lord." (Ezekiel 13:3-8.) 

If we study the Bible it will reveal to us the errors that are held out 
before us; it will reveal the pitfalls and snares and destruction. 

Isaiah says, "Woe unto them that put darkness for light and light for 
darkness." The word was the light of the world amidst the darkness 
of the ages that preceded the incarnation, and the darkness 
comprehended it not. We may exist but there is no life in us if we are 
not living in Christ and He in us. No matter how mannerly or what a 
pleasing appearance we may make, if Christ is not living in us we are 



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in death. 

Men and women must be twice born in order to see and 
comprehend the things of God. Jesus said to Nicodemus, "Except a 
man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Verily I say 
unto thee, except a man be born of the water and the Spirit, he 
cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh 
is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit." (John 3:5-6.) 
"Ye must be born again." 

It was not to a sin blackened, besotted man that Jesus was talking, 
but it was to Nicodemus with his morality and clean life, an honest 
man, with his position as a teacher of the only true religion in the 
world at that time, that Jesus said, "Ye must be born again." It is by 
the Spirit, the water and the blood ail agreeing in one that we are 
brought to the birth into the kingdom of God, the kingdom of life, light 
and liberty, the kingdom of God's Son, Jesus Christ. 

If we know the truth as it is in Jesus, and obey it from the heart the 
truth will make us free. If the truth has set us free in Jesus' kingdom 
we have life, light and liberty. Freed from the penalty of sin, also 
freed from the power of sin. Since in Christ we have the victory over 
Satan, sin and death, we should walk as children of light, life and 
liberty. 

The new birth is vital to our entering upon a new state of being. It 
is placed at the entrance of the kingdom of God and never can be 
disannulled. 

The communion of the body and blood of Christ is essential to the 
new life in Christ Jesus. He says, "Except ye eat the flesh of the Son 
of Man and drink His blood ye have no life in you." (John 6:53.) It 
was the blood of the passover lamb that was a protection to God's 
people on the night of the exodus from Egypt — just so the blood of 
Christ is the Christian's passover lamb, the Lamb of God would give 
spiritual life to the whole world. In the Paschal meal the Israelites ate 
the flesh of a literal lamb, in the sacrament Jesus came to provide for 
His people, they by faith eat the emblems of the broken body and 
shed blood of the true Lamb of God. By partaking of the bread and 
water of life we obtain present benefit, grounded on Jesus vicarious 
death and our union with our Redeemer the source of life. 

He says, "Do this in remembrance of me." Jesus said to the Jews, 
"I am the bread of life. Your fathers of whom you speak, did eat 
manna in the wilderness. But they are all dead. The manna did not 
come down from heaven, it is my flesh which is the life of the world." 
He implies that His death will be a sacrificial death and the bread 
which He will give is His flesh which He will give for the life of the 
world, that every element in Him which possesses the life-giving 
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At the last supper when Jesus instituted the communion of the 
bread and wine He said, 'This is My body which is broken for you." 
(Luke 22:19.) 

"Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood ye 
have no life in you. Whoso eateth My flesh and drinketh My blood, 
hath eternal life: and I will raise him up at the last day." (John 6:53- 
54.) 

"He that eateth My flesh and drinketh My blood, dwelleth in Me and 
I in him." (John 6:54.) 

There is a resurrection life imparted in the lives of men and women 
here in this present life on this earth so as to become the very life of 
the followers of Christ. It is by feeding on Jesus, the life and light of 
men, that eternal life is obtained. That which is born of the flesh is 
flesh and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Ye must be born 
again. The new birth is at the entrance of the church, the communion 
is in the church. The religion of Jesus Christ goes to the root of 
everything in our lives and creates us anew in Christ Jesus. 

Jesus knew the worth of a man as he came from the hand of God. 
In pity and love he saw Adam's race in ruins and in mercy and love 
He would not abandon the wreck, but with regenerating power He 
brought from heaven to earth the plan of salvation from sin, the 
second birth, into the second Adam, Jesus Christ. 

Alas! Many people today are placing a bushel over the Light of the 
world. Paul says, "The time will come when they will not endure 
sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves 
teachers, having itching ears." (II Tim. 4:3.) 

The advantages of church federation is being advocated and 
viewed from every point that can be devised. Some churches 
believing in the Deity of Christ, the Holy Trinity, the virgin birth of 
Jesus, the immaculate conception, the atoning blood of Christ, are 
either allied with or looking for points of contact with churches that 
discard at least a part of the fundamentals of the church for which 
Jesus-gave His life and blood, a priceless purchase. 

Some that hold to trine immersion, feet washing, the Lord's supper 
are strangely federated with people who reject them. The religions of 
every communion under the sun are sometimes invited to meet and 
commune on one common ground. One minister that I had 
conversed with on the New Testament ordinances of the church and 
he appeared to adhere strongly to trine immersion, the Lord's supper, 
the communion, feet washing and so forth, but he went shortly 
afterward to Cincinnati, where there was to be an open communion of 
this kind and took the communion with them. 

Clay and iron strangely mingled. Surely we are living in the time of 
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resting on the solid rock, Christ Jesus, the Rock that shall crush all 
that is false. 

War with all its horrors and unspeakable sins is menacing the world 
today. A trustworthy church paper has this to say. "The population of 
the world is estimated to have reached two billion, and our prolific 
race is reinforced annually by an increase of thirty millions to its 
number.. .each numeral in the vast statistics represents a soul into 
which God has breathed the breath of life, enshrined within a 
tabernacle of flesh and blood, marvelous to science, and capable of 
rapturous pleasure— liable also to the pain of crucifixion. Jesus 
suffered he died, he gave his life blood to redeem us from a fate more 
terrible than the crucifixion. "These are the stakes for which we are 
playing the game of international policy." 

Are the men and women and the children living in the world today 
and the ones yet to be born— if the world stands— to be allowed to 
live in houses or must they be driven to live in dens and caves of the 
earth. Dare they show their faces or must they wear gas masks. Are 
the people that are born or to be born to be permitted to live out their 
natural life? All this in the light of this twentieth century of the Son of 
Righteousness. "Men have put the lighted candle under a bed." 

NEWS ITEMS 

WAYNESBORO, PENNSYLVANIA 

Waynesboro, Pennsylvania Congregation plans Revival Meetings, 
August 10 through 17, 1997 with Elder David Skiles. Remember 
these services in prayer, that lost souls may be saved, and each 
would be drawn closer to the Lord. Everyone is welcome to worship 
with us. 

Sister Janet Shaffer, Cor. 

LITITZ, PENNSYLVANIA 

The Lord willing the Lititz, Pennsylvania Congregation will hold 
Revival Meetings, August 22 through 31 . Bro. Jim Meyers of Iowa will 
be the speaker. We invite all who can to attend these services, 7:30 
each evening, 9:30 Sunday mornings. Remember the meetings in 
your prayers. "That ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving 
together for the faith of the gospel." Philippians 1 :27. 

Sister Arlene Birt, Cor. 

SWALLOW FALLS, MARYLAND 

The Lord willing, the Swallow Falls Congregation will have Revival 
Services, August 23 through August 31. Elder Ray Reed from the 
Dallas Center, Iowa Congregation will be our evangelist. Our 
Lovefeast will be held on Saturday, August 30. PLEASE NOTE THIS 



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IS A CHANGE FROM OUR REGULARLY SCHEDULED REVIVAL 
MEETING AND LOVEFEAST DATE. We invite as many who can to 
come and worship with us. We are few in number here and greatly 
appreciate having visitors come to fellowship with us. 

We also had the privilege of enjoying a week of Revivals with Elder 
Paul Hartz as our evangelist in March. We rejoiced to add a dear 
sister to our group at that time. A special thanks to those who visited 
during those meetings. We also thank the ministers and their families 
who come one weekend a month to share God's Word with us. May 
God bless each one. 

Sister Marie Sines, Cor. 

THANK YOU 

On Saturday, June 7, 1997, enroute to, and looking forward to, our 
first Annual Conference, our van's right rear tire blew out. We lost 
control of the van and rolled two and a half times in the ditch. Bless 
the Lord that all nine of us were able to crawl out a window under our 
own power. My wife, Donna, was bleeding badly from a gash in her 
scalp and one on her knee. The rest of us were bruised and shaken 
up with a few abrasions. We thank the Lord first for no deaths, no 
broken bones and no long term disabilities. 

Second, we thank the Lord for the Church. The practical love, help 
and encouragement given to us on Saturday, Sunday and Monday 
assuaged many of our worries and fears about decisions, changes 
and imminent necessities. 

We want to say a special thank you to our family at the Grandview 
Church. These people came to the hospital to get us, made several 
trips between Conference and our towed van, made phone calls for 
us, brought in our meals and loaned us a vehicle in which to travel 
home. They also watched two of our children throughout Conference 
and transported them safely home. 

We also want to say a special thank you to those who stayed with 
our belongings at the crash site, transported them to camp, and 
attended to our needs at the hospital. We would like to thank 
everyone else for your kind gestures, small gifts and your prayers and 
words of encouragement. We do not mention names because we 
fear missing someone. There were so many of you. You know who 
you are. We thank you all. 

Finally we can only say thank you to everyone at Conference for 
the gift of money raised by a special offering Sunday afternoon. The 
total amount came to $7,923.52. We know it was given from your 
hearts. We are new to the Dunkard Brethren Church, but have 
realized that the basic theology of loving others - "especially those of 
the household of God" - is a unique and powerful bond that 



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distinguishes the denomination from many others. 

We may not have heard the wonderful preaching or enjoyed the 
fellowship of Conference like we had planned, but God let us 
experience the Church at its loving best. For that we are grateful. 

Donna is healing well and the rest of us are whole again. With 
your gift we have purchased a different van. As we drive it we will 
remember your gift of love. 

Steven and Donna Kooistra and family 

NOTICE 

The Dunkard Kitchens Cookbook published in 1992 has been 
reprinted and is again available. We appreciate the help of all 
involved in the publication. The price is $10.50. Proceeds will be 
used for the benefit of our school. 

Sister Nancy E. Marks 
1813 N. 136th Ave. 
Hart, Ml 49420 
616-873-2113 

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS FOR AUGUST 1997 

August 3 - The Word And Its Power - Hebrews 4:12-16. 

1 . Just how powerful is the Word of God? Explain. 

2. How is Jesus Christ "touched with the feeling of our 
infirmities"? 

August 10 - God: The Author Of Eternal Life - Hebrews 5:1-14. 

1. By what did Jesus Christ learn obedience, even though He 
is the Son of God? 

2. Unto all them that do what is Jesus Christ "the author of 
eternal salvation"? 

August 17 - Falling Away - Hebrews 6:1-9. 

1 . How do we "Go on unto perfection"? 

2. What are "Things that accompany salvation"? 
August 24 - Heirs Of God's Promise - Hebrews 6:10-20. 

1 . What requirements precede the inheritance of God's 

promises? 

2. What is "The hope set before us"? 

August 31 - The Priesthood Changed - Hebrews 7:1-17. 

1 . How is the priesthood of Jesus Christ different from the 
Levitical priesthood? 

2. "For the priesthood being changed, there is made of 
necessity a change also of the law." Explain. 



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YOUNG PEOPLE'S SUNDAY SHCOOL LESSONS FOR 

AUGUST 1997 

August 3 - The Candles - Matt. 5:14-16, Mark 4:21, Luke 1 1-33-36 

1 . How is our personal acceptance of Jesus Christ as Savior 
like the lighting of a candle? 

2. How can we make sure our whole body is "full of light"? 
August 10 - The Mustard Seed-Matt. 13:31-32, Mark 4:30-32 Luke 

13:18-19 

1 . Why did Jesus compare the Kingdom of God to the 
smallest of all seeds, the mustard seed? 

2. Explain how God can use the least things in our lives and 
make them the greatest things for His Kingdom? 

August 17 - The Salt - Matt. 5:13, Luke 14:34-35, Mark 9:49-50. 

1. What savour must we have in our lives to be "The Salt of 

the earth?" 

2. What did Jesus mean when He said, "Have salt in 

yourselves"? 
August 24 - Opportunities - Matt. 9:37, Matt. 26:40-41, I Cor. 16:9. 

1. What are the prerequisites to being a laborer in God's 

harvest? 

2. How will watching and praying help us recognize and use 
the opportunities God gives to us? 

August 31 - High Standards - Gen. 17:1, Matt. 5:48, Heb. 6:1 Heb 
12:14, II Cor. 7:1. 

1 . How is it possible to be "perfect, even as your father which 

is in heaven is perfect." 

2. No man will see God without what? 



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VOL. LXXV 



AUGUST 1, 1997 



NO. 15 



"For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Spiritual in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



OUR WATCHWORD: Go into all 
the world and preach the gospel. 



OUR AIM: Be it our aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 



LONGING FOR FIRST LOVE 

O where is now that glowing love 

That marked our union with the Lord? 
Our hearts were fixed on things above, 

Nor could the world a joy afford. 

Where is the zeal that led us then 

To make our Saviour's glory known? 

That freed us from the fear of men, 

And kept our eye on Him alone? 

Where are the happy seasons, spent 

In fellowship with Him we loved? 

The sacred joy, the sweet content, 

The blessedness that then we proved? 



Behold, again we turn to Thee; 

O cast us not away, though vile; 
No peace we have, no joy we see, 

O Lord our God, but in Thy smile. 

-Thomas Kelly 



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COME AND SEE 

When a child sees something that thoroughly amazes him, he will 
run to get an adult who might share the wonder of what he has seen. 
He may very well yell out the words, "Come and See." This is his 
invitation to see the newborn kittens, the woolly caterpillar, the quick 
spider, the dewy grass or a hundred and one things that fascinate him. 
Most of these things do not faze an adult to whom they are 
commonplace and taken for granted. These words are the voice of 
excitement. Something new has been found and enjoyed. These 
words invite the participation of others. Hopefully they too will be able 
to enter into the excitement that originally produced those words. 

"Come and See," is an invitation to a fellowship of shared interests. 
It is welcoming the participation of another. Adults may not show the 
same enthusiasm as a child but they, too, may invite others to "Come 
and See." 

The words, "Come and See" are located throughout the Bible. The 
following passages illustrate the various attributes of God, both the 
Father and the Son. 

The Psalmist David called the attention of individuals to the great 
works of God. In Psalms 66:5, he writes, "Come and see the works of 
God:...." He marveled at the mighty works that God had done. He was 
impressed particularly with how the Children of Israel had been 
delivered through the Red Sea. It was terrible in its greatness and 
unexpectedness. It was terrible as the Egyptians viewed the 
destruction of the elite of their army. The mercy of God toward Israel 
became the destruction of the Egyptians. 

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The Prophet Isaiah invited men to come and see the glory of God. 
Especially was this glory shown in His judgment of those who had 
refused to serve Him. Isaiah 66:18 shows His glory to all as they 
behold how He deals with the disobedient. His glory is shown not only 
in magnificent views and pleasant surroundings. His glory can be seen 
in the power displayed as He upholds His holiness, which way men 
have disregarded. 

John 1:39. John the Baptist recommended that his disciples 
discontinue following him and begin following Jesus. Jesus was the 
Lamb of God sent to die for the sins of the world. When they 
approached Him, they asked where He dwelt. He invited them to come 
and see. The Son of God, as the Son of man, needed the ordinary 
equipment of life, just as other men. He left the glory of Heaven to 
identify Himself totally with the human family so He could be their 
sinless, Great High Priest. 

Philip, a new disciple of Jesus, went to call another friend. John 
1:46. Nathaniel could hardly believe that anyone good could come 
from Nazareth. Philip told him to come and see. When he came to 
Jesus, he was totally overwhelmed. He confessed Him as the Son of 
God. The best proof of Jesus is to experience Him as Lord and 
Saviour. Such an experience will overwhelm as a head-knowledge can 
never do. 

Jesus was informed of the death of Lazarus. When He came to 
Bethany four days later, the friends of Lazarus led Him to the tomb. 
They said to come and see where Lazarus was laid. John 1 1 :34. This 
was a time of grief and sorrow. Apparently all was ended as far as 
Lazarus' earthly life was concerned. When Jesus came to see, it 
actually meant there would be a glorious resurrection. Jesus was more 
concerned with life than death. He is the resurrection and the life. 

The Apostle Paul called upon the Philippians (Phil. 1:27) to continue 
in unity and peace. He wanted a good report of their Christian 
fellowship, whether he was absent or he came and saw them in person. 
The Church needs to be in unity and Christian fellowship whether being 
watched by men or not. God is watching all the time. 

In Revelation 6:1 ,3,5,and 7, the four beasts called for all to come and 
see as the seals were opened. Here was the fulfilling of the work of 
Jesus Christ. He would be revealed in a fuller way throughout the Book 
of Revelation. The invitation was sent out to accept the offer of eternal 
life secured through the Son of God. Although there may be many 
mysteries in the Book of Revelation, we can understand that Jesus is 
the provider of our eternal life. 

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so amazed by what He had told her that she could not contain herself. 
She went back to the city. There she told the men to Come, see Jesus. 
He had told her all about herself. She believed He was the Messiah. 
She quickly shared the amazing news with her neighbors and friends. 

Have you come and seen Jesus? Have you enjoyed the various 
aspects of His ministry? Have you shared the Good News with others? 
If not, Come and See. 

M.C.Cook 

AND NOW ABIDETH CHARITY 
OUR LOVE FOR GOD 

Deut. 6:4-5, "Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is our Lord: And thou 
shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and 
with all thy might." In Matt. 22:36-40 Jesus confirms that this was the 
great commandment. "Master, which is the great commandment in the 
law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy 
heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and 
great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy 
neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and 
the prophets." 

Mark 12:28-34 adds that the scribe said thou hast said the truth, and 
Jesus said, Thou art not far from the kingdom of God. 

Moses reminds the people that the promises of God are based upon 
their continued love for God. Deut. 11:1, 13, 22; 19:9 and 30:6, 16, 20. 
More about this in Romans 8:28. 

I Kings 3:3, "And Solomon loved the Lord, walking in the statutes of 
David his father: only he sacrificed and burnt incense in high places." 
(Apparently only unto the Lord.) 

But I Kings 11:1 says, "But king Solomon loved many strange 
women, together with the daughter of Pharaoh, women of the Moabites, 
Ammonites, Edomites, Zidonians, and Hittites;" And they turned him 
away from the Lord, to serve other gods. 

We need to be careful that we do not turn from our first love, and be 
turned to the love of the world. 

Neh. 1:5, "And said, I beseech thee, O Lord God of heaven, the 
great and terrible God, that keepeth covenant and mercy for them that 
love him and observe his commandments:" 

Ezekiel 33:31 , "And they come unto thee as the people cometh, and 
they sit before thee as my people, and they hear thy words, but they will 
not do them: for with their mouth they shew much love, but their heart 
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hear certain speakers, and love to hear the lovely singing, but forget to 
love the Lord with all our heart, and to obey him. Please read the whole 
passage. Ezekiel 33:23-33. 

Luke 7:47, "Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, 
are forgiven; for she loved much but to whom little is forgiven, the same 
loveth little." 

John 14:21, "He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, 
he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my 
Father and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him." 

John 14:28, "Ye have heard how I said unto you, I go away, and 
come again unto you. If ye loved me, ye would rejoice, because I said, 
I go unto the Father: for the Father is greater than I." 

Please read John 21 , taking special note of verses 15-19. 

Rom. 8:28, "And we know that all things work together for good to 
them that love God, to them who are the called according to his 
purpose." Beware, what we do does not change the fact, that God 
loves us, but many of the promises are based upon our love for Him. 

I Cor. 16:22, "If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be 
Anathema Maranatha." 

II Tim. 1 :7, "For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, 
and of love, and of a sound mind." 

II Tim. 4:8, "Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of 
righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that 
day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing." 

I Pet. 1:7-9, That the trial of your faith, being much more precious 
than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found 
unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: 
Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, 
yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: 
Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls." 

I John 2:15, "Love not the world, neither the things that are in the 
world, If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him." 

II John 5-6, "And now I beseech thee, lady, not as though I wrote a 
new commandment unto thee, but that which we had from the 
beginning, that we love one another. And this is love, that we walk after 
his commandments. This is the commandment, That as ye have heard 
from the beginning, ye should walk in it." 

Rev. 2:4, "Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because 
thou hast left thy first love." 

My Jesus, I love thee, I know thou art mine; 

For thee all the follies of sin I resign; 

My gracious Redeemer, My Saviour art thou; 



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If ever I loved thee, my Jesus, 'tis now. 

1 love thee, because thou hast first loved me, 
And purchased my pardon on Calvary's tree; 
I love thee for wearing the thorns on thy brow; 
If ever I loved thee, my Jesus, 'tis now. 

I will love thee in life, I will love thee in death, 
And praise thee as long as thou lendest me breath, 
And say when the death dew lies cold on my brow, 
If ever I loved thee, my Jesus, 'tis now. 

In mansions of glory and endless delight, 
I'll ever adore thee in heaven so bright; 
I'll sing with the glittering crown on my brow, 
If ever I loved thee, my Jesus, 'tis now. 
May our love for Him abound more and more, as we await His 
coming. God bless you all richly. 

Brother William Carpenter 

DEALING WITH FALSE TRUTH 

Deuteronomy 13:1-4, "If there arise among you a prophet, or a 
dreamer of dreams, and giveth thee a sign or a wonder, And the sign 
or the wonder come to pass, whereof he spake unto thee, saying, Let 
us go after other gods, which thou hast not known, and let us serve 
them; Thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or that 
dreamer of dreams: for the Lord your God proveth you, to know 
whether ye love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your 
soul. Ye shall walk after the Lord your God, and fear him, and keep his 
commandments, and obey his voice, and ye shall serve him, and 
cleave unto him." 

The phrase "false truth" appears to be a contradiction of terms. Yet, 
that is exactly what this portion of Holy Scripture is dealing with. The 
subject matter, itself, is relevant for our time. This is a time when those 
who profess to have the power of signs and wonders are very 
prominent in the church scene. There are also other applications, we 
believe. 

The world of science has challenged the Church with supposed facts 
that they say are established and proven. One of the latest, ridiculous, 
in our opinion, pronouncement is that birds have evolved from 
dinosaurs. First, science proclaimed that all life evolved from a single 
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"with the help of God" and gave this pronouncement their blessing. We 
can deal with this issue in several ways. We could deny that such 
creatures as huge dinosaurs ever existed. Skeletons have been found 
that makes their existence a fact. Evolutionary scientists (there are 
scientists that believe in a literal six day Creation) would have you 
believe that since the existence of dinosaurs is an established fact, the 
rest of their scientific propaganda is aiso established facts. 

Returning to the signs and wonders issue, many have been 
persuaded that the signs of true Christianity is miraculous healings and 
other miracles performed. To counteract this some have stated that the 
time of miracles has ceased. We are persuaded that this is also false. 

Another false truth that appears to be growing in acceptance is the 
teaching of unconditional, eternal security. In reaction to this teaching 
many have established a works religion which is also a false truth. The 
fact of the matter is we do have eternal assurance. We do not believe 
God is going to "throw us out" for a human weakness (that is sin) with 
which we are struggling. That does not mean that we can willfully sin 
and especially live a lifestyle contrary to the Word of God. Actually, we 
believe that those who fall from the faith and are thus lost, remove 
themselves from God, rather than God "throwing them out." Since so 
many have accepted this false truth, it is said to be proven by the 
number of adherents. 

We believe the answer to how to deal with false truth is given in the 
last verse of our Scripture study. First of all "Ye shall walk after the 
Lord your God." God has given us a road map to lead us in our walk 
with Him. This is the Holy Bible. We believe we are safe when we stay 
with the King James Version for gathered worship and personal study. 
We must accept as truth everything from Genesis chapter one to 
Revelation chapter twenty-two verse twenty-one. 

Secondly, we have to fear Him (God). This is a sense of reverence 
and awe. We believe that we must also have a literal fear of God, in 
the same sense as we fear those in authority if we attempt to break the 
law. While Christians are not under the law, neither are we exempt 
from God's teachings in the New Testament. 

Thus, we have to keep His commandments. A large portion of the 
earthly church is thoroughly confused concerning the difference 
between human works and obedience to the Word of God. 

Next we have to obey His voice. Does God speak to His people 
today? We believe the answer is a definite "yes." We believe God can 
still speak through dreams and visions. Usually He speaks through the 
still small voice of the Holy Spirit. 

Then, we shall serve Him. Beware of those who tell us there is 



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nothing wrong with going after other gods. The gods of amusement 

and worldly fashion have blinded the eyes of most of so-called 

Christianity. 

Last of all we must cleave unto Him (God). No matter what the 

majority opinion may be, we must cleave to the Lord Jesus Christ. 
Following and teaching false truth may make you popular with the 

religious crowd, but in the end it will damn your soul! 

Brother James M. Hite 
816 E. Birch St. 
Palmyra, PA 17078-2704 

INTERCESSION 

Fasting 
Continued from June 1, 1997 Issue 

Fasting is something that seems to be overlooked by many 
Christians today. It is a powerful tool that may be the key to unlocking 
doors that otherwise may not be opened. Mark 9:14-29 KJV. 

As we look at fasting we must realize that intercession most certainly 
can be effective without fasting. We do not want to lead anyone to 
believe that they can not have a close walk with God if they do not fast. 
However, I do believe that fasting (done properly, with the right attitude) 
is far more important than most people realize. Fasting seems to add 
power to intercession. 

It is interesting to notice that Jesus referred to fasting "when" not "if. 
Jesus also addressed fasting much like giving. Matthew 6:16-18, 
"Moreover when ye fast, be not as the hypocrites, of a sad 
countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto 
men to fast. Verily I say unto you, they have their reward. But thou, 
when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thine face; that thou 
appear not unto men to fast but unto thy father which is in secret: and 
thy father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly." The Bible 
records several public fasts, but for the most part fasting should be 
between an individual and God. If we are in tune with God and have a 
desire to carry out His will the Holy Spirit will instigate and lead us in 
this area. 

This little article is not intended to be a guide or a study concerning 
fasting. It is intended to whet your appetite so that you will study, 
research, and become involved if you are not, and more involved if you 
are. 

The writer is most certainly not trying to influence one to fast without 
proper guidance or to try lengthy fasts without experience. If God 
seems to be leading you to fast and if this is new to you, please 



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research before becoming involved and please do not make any brash 
commitments until you thoroughly understand what you are doing, 

If God has pricked your heart and you want to know more about 
fasting please feel free to call or write me and I will supply you with a 
book that thoroughly covers the subject. If fasting is new to you or if you 
have used it extensively but would like more input, I will supply this book 
free for the asking. (No, I did not write the book.) 

Brother Roger Swihart 
R. 3 Box 73 
Quinter, KS 67752 
913-754-3513 

ASHAMED 

"Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth 
not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." II Timothy 2:15. 

Are we ashamed to accept the Bible in child-like faith? "Verily I say 
unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little 
child, he shall not enter therein." Mark 10:15. "For the scripture saith, 
Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed." Romans 10:1 1. It 
also says to be ready to give an answer to every man that asketh, a 
reason of the hope that is in you. 

People may think we are a "peculiar" people, as some of our 
practices are different than that of most Churches, like feet washing. 
Jesus said, "If I then, your Lord and Master have washed your feet; ye 
also ought to wash one another's feet." I once heard a minister preach 
on the Lord's Supper as related in John. He told how beautiful a service 
it was for the Lord to wash the disciples' feet. At the last part of his 
sermon he said, "I suppose you wonder why we do not practice it." He 
had no quarrel with those who do but it is non-doctrinal as only John 
relates it. Another said, after I had seen the newspaper showing and 
telling of the act, that Jesus only washed the Apostles' feet, so only the 
officials of their church did it. 

Did Christ teach or any of the New Testament writers teach the use 
of the musical instrument to worship God? The New Testament writers 
say to sing unto the Lord. King David was the only one, I know of, who 
advocated the use of the instrument to praise God. It was said in 
Samuel that Saul slew his thousands but David slew his ten thousands. 
Considering all his wives and his adultery, should we be followers of 
David or Christ? God chooses whom He wills. He is God. Need we 
add to that which Christ and the New Testament writers taught? 

"That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt 



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believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt 
be saved." Is not this a positive statement? 

What are the things that Christ says are important? This should be 
what His followers should try to do. There are only a few important 
ones. Study the Bible to find out for yourself. On the Christian road, a 
right turn should be made, then go straight. 

Brother Walter C. Myers 

HOW IS YOUR APPETITE? 

Matthew 5:6, "Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after 
righteousness: for they shall be filled." 

Do you have a good appetite? To a mother, a child saying, "I am not 
hungry" is cause for alarm. This child is sick. Spiritually, one who does 
not have an appetite for God's Word is in need of help. In I Peter 2:2 it 
says, "As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word that ye 
may grow thereby." The Word of God has been provided to keep 
Christians healthy. Do we have an appetite for it? 

There are many concerns when it comes to nutrition. We may be 
eating too much. We may not be eating enough. We may be eating 
the wrong food. We may be eating irregularly. 

As for God's Word, we should have a regular time for it each day. 
We should be systematic. In other words, we must digest all of God's 
Word over a period of time so none will be missed. We should study 
and meditate upon it every day, so we will not be malnourished. We 
cannot gorge ourselves, because this leads to the inability to put our 
faith into practice. A fat man cannot run a race like one who is in good 
physical condition. Food must be properly chewed, just as it must be 
properly cooked and prepared for eating. God's Word must be taken in 
amounts that we can tolerate. Our hearts and minds must be prepared 
beforehand. 

We would take our child to the doctor if he were not eating or 
growing properly. We observe children every day. We know what is 
proper growth and behavior for a child of any given age. We know 
something is wrong if a child stops eating, or stops talking. So why do 
we have difficulty gauging the spiritual health of others? We are told 
not to judge others, but it is very important that we recognize the signs 
so we can warn others of impending danger. If we truly love our 
Brethren we will look out for their spiritual welfare. 

So how do we achieve an "appetite" for God's Word? Learn to know 
the Author, and you will have no trouble with your appetite. The 
scripture tells us that Jesus was the firstborn among many brethren. 
He is our brother, and God is our father. Such a relationship will foster 



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a great appetite. Is God truly your Father? Can you claim Him as your 
Lord? If so, eat heartily. "Harken diligently unto me, and eat ye that 
which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness." Isaiah 55:2. 
Thou lovely source of true delight, 

Unseen whom I adore, 
Unveil thy beauties to my sight, 

That I may love thee more. 

Brother Lynn H. Miller 
70 Round Barn Road 
Newmanstown, PA 17073 

SIXTY YEARS AGO 

August 1, 1937 

PEACE 
D. W. Hostetler 

It is of infinite importance that we live for the best things. We cannot 
afford to come short of the very best. No one who even wants to live 
for the best can possibly condone war. War never settled anything. 

Peace brings confidence, harmony, mutual concerns, and good will. 
Where peace rules, people live for each others good and to enhance 
each others' happiness. 

Isaiah 9:6 says, "For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given; 
and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be 
called Wonderful, Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father Prince of 
Peace." The titles applied to Christ in this prophecy show His 
greatness. If He is the Prince of Peace and the government is upon His 
shoulder, that government is one of peace. In John 18:36 Christ says, 
"My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then 
would my servants fight that I should not be delivered to the Jews; but 
my kingdom is not from hence." Christ's kingdom is not of the world, 
but His kingdom is a kingdom of peace. And as long as the kingdoms 
of this world crowd out the Prince of Peace, they will never have 
universal peace. In John 14:27, Jesus says, "Peace I leave with you, 
my peace I give unto you: not as the world gives, give I unto you." 

The world endeavors to bring peace through carnality. Jesus Christ 
brings peace through love. It is true that the peace Jesus gave to the 
world is the reconciliation with God, through the death of Christ. But if 
the rulers of the nations of the world accept Jesus Christ, the Prince of 
Peace and allow Him to rule their lives, war will cease. 

Consider these two things: "Love thy neighbor as thyself," and "Do 
unto others as you would have them do unto you." If the nations of the 
world would just do these two things, this would be a happy world to live 



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in. These two weapons would be very kind of weapons by which to 
conquer the enemy. Paul one time said, "The weapons of our warfare 
are not carnal, but are spiritual." Spirituality means love, kindness, 
compassion, good will, mercy, long suffering, pity, endurance. John 
taught this lesson when the soldiers said, "And what shall we do?" 
John's answer was clear cut and needs no argument, and his teaching 
strikes the key note of peace. Jesus' teaching on the Mount brings the 
great doctrine closer. He told us to love our enemies, bless them that 
curse us and persecute us, and do good to them that hate us. Paul in 
Romans 12, teaches that we should not be overcome with evil, but to 
overcome evil with good. 

So the Dunkard church has always stood for peace, peace with God, 
the church, and the community. It has always been opposed to carnal 
war. It is the business of the church to cry out against war and ever 
hold to the message the angels announced, "Glory to God in the 
highest and on earth peace, good will to men." The good news the 
angels announced should fill and thrill our hearts and souls, so that we 
will be true representatives of the Prince of Peace. 

Non-Swearing 

Swearing is a careless, blasphemous use of the name of the Divine 
Being. But what about the civil oath? Since there are those who have 
conscientious scruples against taking an oath, the law allows them to 
make a simple affirmation, to maintain, declare, allege, assert, or state. 

But it is claimed by some that the Bible gives liberty to swear when 
one is called into court as a witness. It is stated in Matt. 5, "Thou shalt 
perform unto the Lord thine oaths," and in Deut. 7:13, "Thou shalt fear 
the Lord thy God and serve him, and shalt swear by His name." Here, 
swearing (whatever it was then) is associated with the fear of the Lord. 
But Paul in Rom. tells us, "For sin shall not have dominion over you: for 
ye are not under the law, but under grace." So Jesus in His great 
teaching says, "But I say unto you, swear not at all; neither by heaven: 
for it is God's throne; nor by the earth: for it is his footstool; neither by 
Jerusalem: for it is the city of the great King. Neither shalt thou swear 
by thy head, because thou canst not make one hair white or black. But 
let your communication by Yea, yea; nay, nay: for whatsoever is more 
than these cometh of evil." The teaching of Jesus prohibits swearing 
under any condition or consideration. 

In James 5:12 we read, "But above all things, my brethren, swear 
not, neither by heaven, neither by the earth, neither by any other oath: 
but let your yea be yea and your nay, nay; lest ye fall into 
condemnation. 

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professors and even churches. Slang and profanity are popular 
everywhere. It is on a common level with cigarette smoking and beer 
drinking— things that are being done everywhere by the worldly; but 
under the teaching of the scripture, all these things go down in 
damnation. 

Non-Secrecy 
The Dunkard church does not affiliate with secret oath-bound orders. 
This has been the position of the church from her beginning. In 1804 
the General conference passed the first decision against secret orders. 
And since that time, there has been a multiplicity of lodges and other 
benevolent orders come into existence. Sam Jones one time said that 
the Mooses, the Elks, and Eagles had organized, and that he was 
expecting the crows, the hawks, the owls, and the buzzards to organize 
next. 

Jeff Ray of Fort Worth, Texas, in a book called 'The Highest Office" 
in which he deals with the ministry, he said, "I see no good reason why 
any minister or any other church member should belong to any lodge." 
That is what the Dunkard Brethren think, for in the gospel of Christ, we 
have a system of teaching that is perfect. It controls life socially, 
morally, physically, economically, spiritually. The church stands for all 
this teaching of the New Testament. It would be decidedly inconsistent 
to join a lodge to get something the church already has. And in the 
church it is free. 

Jesus Christ spoke openly to the world, and His teaching was not in 
secret, behind bolted doors. He did not put his disciples under an oath 
never to reveal his teaching, but said, "Freely ye have received and 
freely give." 

In II Cor. 6:14, we have a text direct to the point. "Be ye not 
unequally yoked together with unbelievers." In the lodge there is union 
among the members, be they good, bad, believers, unbelievers, or of 
any other kind. 

Jesus said, "Let your light so shine that men may see your good 
works, and thereby glorify your father which is in heaven." The light is 
reflected in good works. So Jesus teaches us not to put the light under 
a bushel and if He lived today, He would probably not add bolted doors 
and keep it secret, but put it on a candlestick so it may give light to all 
the good things in Jesus' teaching. 

The Simple Life 

Plainness, freedom from artificial ornament, simplicity of dress, of 
style, of language and writing (Winston) Godly, simplicity, in scripture, in 
faith, open profession and practice of evangelical truth with a view to 
glorify God is nothing but a life of simplicity. Jesus Christ in His great 



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prayer in John 17 thanked the Father that He had given Him the 
disciples, that He had taken them out from the world and that they were 
His. He prayed the Father not to take them out of the world, but that He 
should keep them from the evils of the world. Again we read that Christ 
gave Himself for our sins that He might deliver us from this present evil 
world. These texts do teach a very definite, separate, simple life. The 
properties and qualities that go into the making of the Christian life are 
very definite and different from the things that go to make up a worldly 
life. For that reason, Paul says, "And be not conformed to this world." 
That means the Christian will not do anything the world does if it is 
wrong. 

Peter says, "As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves 
according to your former lusts in your ignorance." A principle is stated 
here — not to conform to the world, but to conform to that system of 
teaching that will transform the life so it will prove what is the good, 
acceptable, and perfect will of God. (Suggested reading: I Tim. 2:9-10; 
I Peter 3:3-5.) 

To conform to the teaching of the scripture as it pertains to the 
simple life is to make our lives like His pattern or standard. 

TORREON NAVAJO MISSION NEWS 

COUNSEL 

"Do you think I should go to the horse race?" This was a question 
recently asked of me by a Navajo brother. 

I am reminded of a wise elder of by-gone days who had six sons. 
The boys all liked to play ball. There was some feeling within the 
church then that playing ball was not appropriate. This wise father 
gathered his sons together and counseled them not to play ball on the 
Lord's day or in any way that would cause offense but did not forbid 
them from playing behind the barn at appropriate times. 

The thing that impresses me most is that the Navajo brother had 
remembered a "recommendation" from his certificate of Baptism. It 
states, "Counsel older members before doing anything of doubtful 
propriety." 

I am impressed, for in that act of seeking counsel is expressed an 
attitude that would do us all well to practice. Seeking counsel of older 
members is certainly almost a lost practice. How many times have we 
plunged headlong into questionable areas to our own hurt when if we 
had sought counsel it could have been avoided? 

May God help us all, young or old, to have enough respect and love 
for the church that we will gladly seek and receive her counsel. 

Brother David Skiles 



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SPEAKING 

We live and learn in this old world 

And as we older grow, 

Still more and more we realize, 

Its so little that we know. 

There's one thing that we wish we knew, 

It's where and when to speak 

And how to say the things we feel 

To help the poor and weak. 

So many times we want to talk, 

But don't know what to say, 

To give some one the strength he needs 

To help him on his way. 

If God would grant one perfect gift, 

To one so small and weak, 

The thing I'd ask is just to know 

When and where and how to speak. 

Selected by Brother William Carpenter 



NEWS ITEMS 

MINISTERIAL LIST CHANGES 

The telephone Area Code for Brethren Robert Carpenter, Lloyd 
Lorenz, Harley Rush and Mike Wray have been changed from 317 to 
756. This change is effective now. Otherwise their phone numbers 
remain the same. 

GRANDVIEW, MISSOURI 

The Grandview Congregation will have revival meetings with Bro. 
Phil Gish, August 31 through September 7, 1997. Lovefeast will be 
Saturday, September 6 at 6:00 P.M. Other services Saturday will be 
at 11:00 A.M. and 2:00 P.M. Sunday services will be at 10:00 A.M. 
and 2:00 P.M. All are welcome to worship with us! 

New members at Grandview are: Steve, Donna, Jennifer, Jody, 
Jesse and Joshua Kooistra, John Risslerand Karen Burkholder. 

Sister Deena Andrews 



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VOL. LXXV 



AUGUST 15, 1997 



NO. 16 



"For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Scriptural in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



OUR WATCHWORD: Go into all 
the world and preach the gospel. 



OUR AIM: Be it our aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 



NOR SILVER NOR GOLD 

Nor silver nor gold hath obtained my redemption, 
Nor riches of earth could have saved my poor soul; 
The blood of the cross is my only foundation, 
The death of my Savior now maketh me whole. 

Nor silver nor gold hath obtained my redemption, 
The guilt on my conscience too heavy had grown; 
The blood of the cross is my only foundation, 
The death of my Savior could only atone. 

Nor silver nor gold hath obtained my redemption, 
The holy commandment forbade me draw near; 
The blood of the cross is my only foundation, 
The death of my Savior removeth my fear. 



Nor silver nor gold hath obtained my redemption, 
The way into heaven could not thus be bought; 
The blood of the cross is my only foundation, 
The death of my Savior redemption hath wrought. 

-James M. Gray 



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AN ACCEPTED SACRIFICE 

Under the Old Testament system, it was necessary to continually 
offer sacrifices for sins. On the yearly Day of Atonement, the High Priest 
went into the Holy of Holies. There he sprinkled the blood of the sacri- 
fice. God would accept that sacrifice as the atonement for the sins of the 
people for that year. The High Priest was obligated to repeat the same 
procedure the next year. 

God had designed this system of sacrifices as a part of the Old 
Testament law to be a symbolic picture of the Plan of Salvation that was 
revealed in the New Testament. The sacrifice of animals looked to the 
shedding of the blood of Jesus Christ, the perfect sacrificial lamb. 

The law was given as a schoolmaster to prepare His people for the 
ultimate plan God had conceived before the world was created. After 
the coming of the real plan, the preview that was the old law passed 
away. For a Christian to adopt the ordinances, diet code, sabbaths or 
other particulars of the fulfilled law is to follow a dead law. It casts doubt 
upon the finished work of Jesus Christ. It accepts the imperfect when 
the perfect is available. It is being satisfied with an oft-times atonement 
rather than a completed atonement. 

Jesus as the sacrificial lamb of God came to earth in the form of 
man to taste life as men lived it. He was able to face all the trials and 
temptations that men are subject to, but never yielded to any Facing 
temptation is not sin. Yielding to that temptation is sin. Jesus never 
yielded so He could qualify as the perfect sacrifice. 

Through the wily devices of Satan and the religious leaders, who 
did his bidding, Jesus was convicted before the Sanhedrin and before 
Pilate. He was crucified. The atonement was not complete until He had 
suffered the cruelties of the cross, faced the rejection of His Father be- 
cause of the sins of mankind laid upon Him, succumbed to physical 



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death, yielded His body to burial, led captivity captive, and carried His 
sacrifice to His heavenly Father. He passed through the heaven that we 
call, "atmosphere". He went on through the heavens that we call, "space". 
He entered into the third heaven, the dwelling place of God. 

There He placed His completed work before His Heavenly Father. 
His father accepted it. He accepted it as the complete, once-for-all atone- 
ment for men's sins. Jesus' sacrifice was accepted! 

For that sacrifice to be applied to individual lives, it is necessary for 
each individual to also accept that sacrifice. Jesus accepted what was 
necessary for Him to do to bring forth the perfect plan of salvation. God 
accepted what He did. It would seem logical that humans would readily 
accept what had been accomplished for them. Only the sacrifice of 
Jesus, now accepted by the Father, was able to provide for their souls' 
salvation. Their good works, the old imperfect law, their good intentions 
were incapable of accomplishing this work. Instead of all these things 
that men might do, they are asked to accept what has been done for 
them. 

What should be gladly and thankfully accepted by all is instead what 
men must be persuaded to accept. Man is the weakest part in the chain 
of the plan of salvation. God has done His part in sending His greatest 
gift. Jesus did His part in providing the perfect sacrifice. God did His 
part in accepting what was done. Man, for whom all these things were 
done, has failed, in general, to accept the great purchase price paid for 
his soul's redemption. 

The Church continues to spread the Word that men might realize 
what has been provided for him. He seems loath to accept such a great 
gift. What he should accept so readily, he has rejected. Men, today, are 
little different then the Jews of Jesus' time. He came to His own people, 
but they rejected Him. Actually these, who brought about His crucifix- 
ion, He was willing to forgive. He has willingly extended that offer of 
forgiveness to all mankind. 

Accepting His sacrifice is not difficult, unless men make it difficult. It 
is an acknowledgment that He has paid this terrific price for each indi- 
vidual. It is an acknowledgment that there is personal sin that needs to 
be forgiven. It does not matter whether that sin is one of unbelief or of 
grossly sinful activities. All sin needs to be forgiven. There needs to be 
a mental determination to turn away from all sin. Baptism as the point of 
contact with the blood of Christ is necessary as the symbol of a death, 
burial and resurrection. The laying on of hands for the symbolic infilling 
of the Holy Spirit completes the acceptance of what Jesus Christ has 
done. 



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It has been approved by God. Have you approved of it and ac- 
cepted it? 

M.C.Cook 

1997 GENERAL CONFERENCE NOTES 

Saturday P.M. 

Bro. Ronald Marks opened. Matthew 16:21. Jesus talked with His 
disciples because He knew He would not be here forever. Peter was 
deceived by Satan. Do we want to follow Jesus or follow the world? 

Bro, Dave Snyder. Genesis 2:15-17, John 17:15-26. Why are we 
on earth? Let's get on fire for the Lord. This old world is evil. If we are 
a mature Christian, we do not want any part of this world. If we are a 
Christian, are we Christ-like? Satan is out there to get us to miss the 
mark and forget Christ. We should glorify Jesus. Jesus said, "My Word 
is true." What is the Church's mission? Introduce someone to Christ. 
Christ changes lives. God's great commandment says to love your neigh- 
bors. Pray for the Church. Go into all of the world teaching as Jesus 
commanded us. Walk with Jesus Christ. Glorify and praise God. Satan 
wants to destroy the Church. Do we spend enough time in God's Holy 
Word? We must build our lives on the foundation of the Lord. What is 
pride? If we get with God, we can lose our pride. Satan is very smart 
and very deceitful in trying to discourage us in building the Church. 

Bro. Kevin Funk closed. Are we a wayfaring people? Are we work- 
ing for the Lord? It requires a sacrifice as a Church to build for Christ. 
We are in the world, but we are not of this world. 
Saturday Evening. 

Bro. Ray Stuber opened. Esther 4. Esther went to the King to save 
her people. She said, "If I perish, I perish." Esther wanted to save her 
people. She was willing to be taken off the throne for her people. 

Bro. Paul Stump. Romans 9:31. Christian Security. We want to be 
secure in everything we do. Our greatest security is our Christian life. 
"If God be for us, who can be against us." Elisha was a man of God. 
Elijah was also a man of God. God fought the battle of all men for 
Elisha. Elisha was saved. The devil influences many people. We need 
to tell Satan, "get thee behind me," just as Christ told Satan. Put your 
trust in God. He will carry you through. Pray to God for security if we 
are in great trouble. There will be false prophets in the last days. Where 
is our security? Is it in God, or is it in false prophets? Stand for what is 
right. We need to witness for Christ. Are you secure in Christ? God is 
in control of the weather. It reminds us of the security in God. Be sure 
our lives radiate out in the world. There is a power in the white cover- 



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ings our sisters wear on their heads. There is power in prayer. The 
Psalmist David put his trust in God. The Bible points out that we must 
have love for one another. "He that hateth his brother is a murderer." 
Fear God and keep his commandments. Are we happy along the way, 
winning people to Christ? 

Bro. Ray Reed closed. Romans 8. If we really love the Lord, we 
know we are secure. 
Sunday Morning Worship. 

Bro. Frank E. Shaffer. Philippians 2:1-18. We have a consolation 
with God. Put ourselves in the right perspective of God. Use a special 
effort to help someone. Let our light shine to others. We need that 
special power of God. 
Sunday A.M. 

Bro. Herman Jamison opened. I Peter 4:12-13. Trials and Tribula- 
tions. God allows trials and adversaries to come into our life. God has 
something in store for our lives. There is a reason for these things to 
come into our life. 

Bro. Paul Nell. Can we Gentiles fall from Grace? Persecutions from 
within, are what draws us away from our Christian faith. Plain people 
have much to be thankful for. We can fall from the faith. There will be a 
time when people will not listen to sound doctrine. I Thess. 4:16-18. 
Jesus said, "Will I find faith when I come?" There are many Doctrines 
today. Christ gave us many instructions. He wants us to know the truth. 
The truth will make you free. Read the Scriptures and meditate on 
them. We can be deceived by many false prophets. Not one man pri- 
vately wrote the Scriptures in the Bible. They were inspired by God. All 
unrighteousness is sin. The American people are a well-blessed people. 
Christ could come most any time. Are you looking for Christ's coming? 
He who doeth the will of the Father will be saved. If we have a problem 
in our life, we should go to the Lord for help. Keep peace in ourselves. 
Blessed are the peacemakers. We can fall from grace, if we are not 
careful. 

Bro. Jacob Ness. I Kings 19:14-15. Can we feel the touch of the 
angel? Elijah did while he was asleep by the juniper tree. Do we benefit 
from the Scripture's warnings? Is the Church working for the kingdom 
of the Lord? The Apostle Paul was on many journeys. The Prodigal 
Son took his journey, but he saw his mistake leaving home. Where are 
you on your journey, working for the Lord? The most important is when 
we end our journey here on Earth. Are we in peace with the Father in 
Heaven? 

Bro. Dale Jamison closed. Are we ready to leave this world? 



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Sunday P.M. 

Bro. Warren Smith opened. Hebrews 2:1-6. Give thought to dili- 
gence. Do not let it slip from our minds. God said, "My words will never 
pass away." We need to fit ourselves to fit the Word of God. Neglect is 
a big word. It involves us many times. We need it to study the Word 
approved by God. 

Bro. Robert Lehigh. Ephesians 5:25-27. Scraping over things in 
the Church can be a problem. Focusing on the Scriptures can be the 
answer. God's plan for the church is to be called out from the world. 
Holy and pure members who love God with all their soul are what God 
wants. A Church is made up of obedient people. As a Church, do we all 
love each other and work together in the Church? Have a love and 
respect for God's work. Teach people the "why's" and rules for mem- 
bers of the Church. Families teach children the Bible. We should build 
ourselves up in the holy faith. We should understand God's holy Word. 
Iniquity and idolatry are doing things against God. Iniquity is doing our 
own will. When we are asked to witness to someone, do it right away. 
Go to the Lord in prayer. The unity of the Lord is everlasting. We should 
have the bond of love in our Church. We can reap vengeance when 
committing sin. Satan is busy trying to accuse our members and caus- 
ing problems. Those working as God's people are separate people 
from the world. 

To be continued 
Sister Alice Heisey 

BIBLE SCHOOL ATTORREON 

I have just returned home from another enjoyable-and satisfying- 
trip to Torreon Navajo Mission. Several weeks ago, one of our young 
sisters asked if we thought there might be something she could do at 
the Mission for a week or so; we suggested she call Bro. David. David 
told her that if she could enlist at least two teachers and three or four 
helpers, the Mission would be able to have Bible School for the "north 
route." 

On July 1 2, Abbie and Lindsey Bauman, Andrea Litfin, Kara Swihart 
and I left for New Mexico. We stopped in eastern Colorado to pick up 
another granddaughter, Carlin Custer. We made several sight-seeing 
stops so we did not get to the Mission until time for church Sunday 
evening. 

Bro. Dale Newcomer was the speaker for the evening services. He 
had a farewell message and gave a testimony of the work at the Mis- 
sion. Dale made a statement that impressed me very much. He said, 



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"You can not come to Torreon for eleven months-or even a week-and go 
away unchanged." The tears he had in his eyes emphasized that state- 
ment-as they did later in the week when the Newcomer family said, 
"Goodby," and left for their home in Maine. 

Bible School commenced Monday evening. Bro. Dale Meyers and 
Kelly from Dallas Center were there, also. Dale helped with mechanic 
work during the day and taught the pre-teen boy's class in the evening. 
The day was spent helping everyone get their lessons and crafts pre- 
pared and the class area ready. The teachers were, David Skiles, Paul 
Skiles, Dale Meyers, Shirley Jamison, Sarah Skiles, Abbie Bauman and 
Elaine Hale, in order of the age of their pupils. Andrea, Lindsey, Kara 
and Kelly helped with singing, classwork and keeping order in the class- 
room. Most of the students have been entertained by television, so 
their attention span is very short. This makes for a lot of activity! 

Each evening Bible class was followed by craft time. The children 
then had thirty minutes to play before we all went to the church for group 
singing, devotions and dismissal. There were ninety-plus students each 
evening. This included approximately ten adults in David's class. The 
largest attendance was on the last evening. What made this so exciting 
is that there was a "sing" (a Native American religious ceremony) in the 
area but these students had chosen to come to Bible School at Torreon. 

The temperature was in the middle 90's most days but the humidity 
was very low. It did cool off at night. For a special treat, on two morn- 
ings, we, visitors, were taken on little 'jaunts," while it was relatively cool, 
to places of special interest nearby. How many of you have seen Arch 
Springs, the Anasazi pictographs or the Hoo-dads? They are worth 
seeing! 

I was impressed, as always, by the orderliness and the efficiency of 
the staff at Torreon. Everyone works-even Sarah's cats, which keep 
rodents (which may carry the Hantavirus) under complete control. The 
grounds are neat. The schoolhouse is tidy. Even the school sidewalks 
were swept and washed each morning. The studying, the planning, the 
bookwork, the maintenance, everything goes on without much ado. 

Sarah has been busy getting the boy's uniform shirts and the girl's 
uniform jumpers, skirts and blouses ready for school which will start in 
August. I used to think I was busy getting three girls ready for school. 
She sees that uniforms are ready for nearly fifty children! 

Teaching groups came to help with three different Bible Schools, all 
during the month of July. Also, a group of young Brothers asked if they 
could come for one week during July to help with maintenance or what- 
ever else was needed. Help of any kind is greatly appreciated. At differ- 



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ent times families or older couples have asked to come to help for sev- 
eral days or even a week. Several years ago one couple spent several 
months at the Mission to help with visitation. Whether the work accom- 
plished was mending a child's shirt, repairing a vehicle or giving a cup 
of cold water-in the Name of Jesus-each had their reward. 

As Bro. Dale Newcomer said, 'You can not come to Torreon for 
eleven months-or even a week-and go away unchanged." 

Torreon Navajo Mission has been teaching God's Word and helping 
the community in various ways for more than forty years. Many staff 
members have come and gone. Each gave of themselves to serve their 
Lord and received a blessing. Navajo Christians have and are worship- 
ping the one, true God at Torreon. 

I wish each of you could have seen Sis. Lillian, Bro. Herbert or Bro. 
Frank as they used to interpret God's Word. They would speak so ear- 
nestly trying to help their family and friends to understand the message 
of God's Word. 

Torreon Navajo Mission is still teaching God's Word and working to 
help the people to find Salvation through Jesus Christ. Friday evening 
after class a child asked David, Is it really true that Jesus died for my 
sins?" In Isaiah 55:1 1 we read, 'So shall my word be that goeth froth out 
of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that 
which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it." And 
that, Brothers and Sisters, is a promise! 
Sister Shirley Jamison 

GOOD WORDS AND FAIR SPEECHES 

Romans 16:17-18, "Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which 
cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have 
learned; and avoid them. For they that are such serve not our Lord 
Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches 
deceive the hearts of the simple." 

There is no denying the fact that we are in a day of divisions within 
the Church. There is also a great concern that we not be offensive in 
our speech or actions. The ultimate question is, who is causing divi- 
sions? Is it those who are contending for the faith as it has been under- 
stood down through the centuries by those who hold great esteem for 
God's Holy Word or is those who desire to take liberty with the written 
Word of God? 

The Apostle Paul warns against those who cause divisions "con- 
trary to the doctrine which ye have learned." Today the popular teach- 
ing is that doctrine causes division and should be avoided at all cost. 



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With their "good words and fair speeches" of loving one another and 
"being one" men have deceived the hearts of the simple. 

The simple are those who do not take the time to study the Word of 
God for themselves or those who study it with the biased thinking of 
modern theologians. The Apostle Paul warns that these modern theo- 
logians "serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly." That is 
they serve their own desires. Their greatest desire is to be popular and 
to have many followers. Many times this allows them to live a luxurious 
lifestyle. 

It is interesting that the Apostle Paul speaks of "good words." Some 
men have the ability to use just the right words at the right time to serve 
their own purposes. Have you ever been talked into buying something 
or entering into a business agreement that you later regretted? I know 
I have. By the same token, men within the established church "sell their 
ideas" with a smooth tongue. 

Unfortunately, it is usually easier to follow the dictates of man than 
to follow the will of God. It is true that many cults have an ungodly hold 
on their members. Some have even gone so far as to cause their death. 
Many have used this as an excuse to condemn any rules and regu- 
lations within an organization. Most plain groups have struggled with 
this dilemma. It is true that many of the distinctive marks of the plain 
people are not to be found in Holy Scripture. However, in our mind, the 
question is have these practices served to bring us closer to our Lord or 
drive us farther away? There is also the issue of whether or not these 
distinctives are a means of witnessing to the world of our faith. We have 
to be honest and admit that not every group and certainly not every 
member that is part of a plain Church leaves a good witness. We do not 
believe that it can be honestly denied that the world, as a whole, recog- 
nizes what plain dress stands for. 

Modern technology and thinking have had an impact upon our 
lifestyle whether we are in favor of keeping the old ways or moving the 
Church into the future. The simple solution, as practiced by some groups, 
is to not allow members to have modern inventions. We are not per- 
suaded that this is always using good judgment or even good common 
sense. If we are all farmers or carpenters, as most of the early plain 
people were, this might be acceptable. We are now involved in various 
professions. The idea expressed by some of our Church leaders of 
having personal accountability is a good one, in our estimation. No 
matter how many rules we have in a polity book, they will be worthless 
if we do not have individual convictions that correspond with them. We 
also think that the idea of having one individual to hold ourselves ac- 



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countable to has some merit. However, we must not lose our Brethren 
understanding of being accountable one to another as a Church. We 
are also persuaded that rules, new or already established, are worth- 
less if they cannot be enforced. 

The "good words and fair speeches" of some have caused doubt as 
to the authority and reliability of Holy Scripture. Theistic evolution has 
gained a foothold in the minds of some. Such things as the prayer veil 
are deemed to be the doctrine of men. Even many basic doctrines are 
challenged. Let us avoid both these false teachings and those who 
promote them. If they are a part of the group you belong to they should 
be dealt with. 

Brother James M. Hite 
816 E. Birch St. 
Palmyra, PA 17078-2704 

SIXTY YEARS AGO 

August 15, 1937 

WRONG LEADERSHIP 

Paul R. Myers 

In the second chapter of I Kings, David, a man after God's own 
heart, gave Solomon his son, some very needy advice. Along with his 
great desire that Solomon would obey the command of God, we have 
these words, "And shew thyself a man." 

In the beginning we know that God created man in his own image. 
God breathed into man and man became a living soul. This living soul 
in man is at least one definite distinction between man and the animals. 
None other of God's creation was given a soul, was given the opportu- 
nity and plan for the redemption of that soul. 

By obeying the commandments of God, and carrying out his scrip- 
tural teachings, we can qualify that soul for a home, eternal in the heav- 
ens. 

Particularly, do I wish to dwell on the words, "And show thyself a 
man." 

Many things come to one's mind in this regard. In our everyday life 
we meet about all classes of that creation that bears the name "Man." 
By the many unchristian, false, unscrupulous acts that we see done, we 
must wonder if they can be called men. 

We have these words from God's book, "Will a man rob God?" We 
do know that a man will rob man. We must look with shame upon the 
many things that man does to man in this day and age. I do not mean 
that to rob man, you must break into his home and steal. That is one 



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way. Another is to prevent a man from free access to his business, from 
preventing him from doing as he chooses, as long as he abides by the 
laws of the land. Also, whenever a man is hired to do a certain piece of 
work, and does not do it, or unconcernedly loiters on your time, I believe 
that he is just as much a robber as if he broke into your home and stole. 
Coming close to the present situations, I firmly believe that any man, 
or group of men, however large or small, in the name of any individual 
or group, who boldly, illegally, irrespective of conditions seize and hold a 
plant or picket a property is a robber in the strictest sense. They are 
robbing an employer of his free access to his business. They are rob- 
bing many of the privilege to work who wish to work. They are robbing 
the community from improvements, investments, and that part of our 
constitution which was intended for our freedom and liberty. 

Does it not make a person wonder why our so called Christian gov- 
ernment is permitting such a condition to exist? Could it be that our 
leaders need a sprinkling of the word of God in their hearts? When we 
rob man thus are we not robbing God? 

On Judgment day, can these labor leaders stand before God and 
say that they did not offend Him and His children? 

I wonder if David was to pass one of these picket lines today and 
saw Solomon on picket duty, if he could say that Solomon was showing 
himself a man. I believe that God looks with much anguish and pain 
upon the happening of this day. I certainly do not believe that a Chris- 
tian has any place in this new evil, causing an employer to be robbed of 
his free access to his business. Yet, how many Christian professing 
people wholeheartedly endorse and participate in this labor racket. 

We have a higher duty to one another if done according to His will, 
can be a glory and honor to us and God. 

First, we have the golden rule. Do unto others as you would have 
others do unto you. If every man in our America really carried this out to 
the letter, I believe that it would end all labor strife, it would cause strik- 
ers to leave their seizures, it would cause employers to pay a living 
wage, it would bring world peace. 

Second, attend church and Sunday school. Neglect not the assem- 
bling of yourselves together. The writer of those words must have known 
what would be the outcome, once you forsake the studying of God's 
word. You cannot learn mathematics or astrology without studying it. 
Neither will man learn of the Bible without studying it. 

We are taught that we should ask God's will on all that we do. If 
God can not be in a thing, we should not. I wonder if a body of men, just 
before they are about to strike, would ask God to be with them in the 



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undertaking if they could go ahead, thinking that they are carrying out 
His will. I do not believe that it is His will to do those things. 

We know that we must have leaders. We are instructed to follow 
our leaders only as far as they follow God. Why then, do men follow 
leaders in the battle of labor, who would not follow the same leaders to 
a religious meeting? They will back up their support to them, even char- 
ter their lives to them, pay big sums as dues, and then only to be even- 
tually deprived of their job, because as soon as the poor working man 
discontinues to pay his dues and support this labor racket, that's how 
soon the labor leader will be disinterested in the laboring man. 

It is a known fact that many men today are being so easily mislead. 
They pay their dues religiously so as to save their jobs, yet never paid a 
cent into the church coffers to help save their soul. I wonder if these 
labor leaders of today were to abruptly turn to religious leadership, how 
many union members today would be church members tomorrow? I 
fear none, so let us be very careful. 

Let us be very careful who we are following. Do not allow ourselves 
to be influenced by non-believers. 

TALEBEARERS 

Leviticus 19:16, Thou shalt not go up and down as a talebearer 
among thy people: neither shalt thou stand against the blood of thy neigh- 
bor: I am the Lord." 

Proverbs 11:13, "A talebearer reveleth secrets: but he that is of a 
faithful spirit concealeth the matter." 

Ezekiel 22:9, "In thee are men that carry tales to shed blood:..." 

The American Heritage Dictionary defines gossip as a trivial rumor 
of a personal nature. The Hebrew word for talebearer translates as a 
trader or a peddler. He trades his juicy little stories for prestige, or, if he 
is truly a slave to his bad habit, he trades his stories for others of the 
same type. 

It was said of Jesus in John 1 1 :36 when He wept over Lazarus, 
"Behold how he loved him!" Jesus truly loved mankind and was not 
afraid to express that love. Might this truly be said of the followers of 
Jesus in today's world, that they love one another and would do nothing 
to hurt one another. 

Leviticus 19:16 has two parts. First, it speaks out against the tale- 
bearer, one that spreads false and hateful rumors. Secondly, it speaks 
against the one who stands against the blood of his neighbor. This 
means a person who falsely accuses another or who stands idly by and 



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watches an innocent person suffer wrong when he has the power or 
testimony to stop it. We have found that most of the time the talebearer 
and the false accuser have the same goal: to shed innocent blood. Yet 
there are those who, if they knew the end of their actions, would never 
begin their deception. They have the mistaken idea that they are doing 
good, regardless of whom it hurts. 

If someone comes to you with idle gossip, ask yourself this ques- 
tion: What is the motive behind this juicy little piece of information? 
Remember that the devil had to break Eve's confidence in God before 
she would sin. He told her first that what God said was not so, so she 
could do as she pleased. (Then, of course, he told her what to do, 
making her think that is what she herself wanted to do, though it prob- 
ably never entered her mind up until that time.) Who is it that is trying to 
undermine the confidence that Brethren have in one another? Is the 
messenger of these tidings doing it for the upbuilding of God's Church, 
or in order to build a kingdom for himself? Or perhaps, is he there to 
shed innocent blood? 

In Luke 6:45 we are told, "A good man out of the good treasure of 
his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the 
evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abun- 
dance of the heart his mouth speaketh." In I Timothy 5:13 it talks about 
idleness, tattlers and busybodies, speaking things which they ought not. 
An evil heart not only brings forth evil, but it feeds on evil. What are we, 
as the Church, feeding upon? Is it the Good Word of God, that we may 
grow thereby? Or are we yet eating the husks of this world and trying to 
see how low we can go? 

Knowledge is power. To know the Lord, to know His Word and His 
Will are wonderful things to which we can attain. To some, other types 
of knowledge is power. Beware of those who, by what or who they 
know, hold power over others. How did the serpent know that Eve would 
not surely die? He knew what the truth was, but he lied in order to get 
an advantage over Eve. Talebearers also know that they are doing evil. 
If all Christians would put a stop to this gossip by not spreading it further 
and by admonishing the gossiper to stop, then the gossip would stop. 
But many are weak and they welcome the gossip. Do not let Satan get 
the advantage over you. Do not welcome gossip into your heart. 

This I resolved before the Lord, 

Now I will watch my tongue, 

Lest I let slip one sinful word, 

Or do my neighbor wrong. 



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And if I'm e're constrained to stay 

With men of lives profain, 

I'll set a double guard that day 

Nor let my talk be vain. 

Brother Lynn H. Miller 
70 Round Barn Road 
Newmanstown, PA 17073-9162 

NEWS ITEM 
BETHEL, PENNSYLVANIA 

The Lord willing, the Bethel Congregation is looking forward to a 
week's Revival, September 21 through 28. Bro. Gordon Jamison will be 
our evangelist. 

Come, pray and worship with us. The Joy of the Lord is our Strength. 

Sister Fern Wolfe, Cor. 

NOTICE 

The delegate body of 1 997 General Conference decided that the BIBLE 
MONITOR would be issued as a monthly publication. To accomplish 
the intent of this decision, the Publication Board has decided to expand 
the number of pages of each issue from 16 to 32 pages The Lord 
Willing, the September 1 997 issue will be the first in this new format 

This will mean many changes for the Editor. It will also mean changes 
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ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS 
FOR SEPTEMBER 1997 

September 7 - A Better Testament - Hebrews 7:18-28 

1 . Why is Christ's priesthood unchangeable? 

2. Explain why the High Priest had to offer daily sacrifices for 
sin while Christ had to only offer Himself once. 

September 14 - A Better Covenant - Hebrews 8:1-13. 

1 . What is "the true tabernacle which the Lord pitched, and not 
man?" 

2. If God does not change, how could there be an old (first) 
Covenant and then a new (second) Covenant? 

September 21 - Eternal Redemption - Hebrews 9:1-12. 

1 . What is "The time of Reformation"? 

2. How did Christ obtain "Eternal Redemption for us"? 
September 28 - The Only Perfect Sacrifice - Hebrews 9:13-28. 

1 . What will purge our conscience of dead works to serve the 
Living God? 

2. Why does God require blood sacrifice for the remission of 
sin? 

YOUNG PEOPLE'S SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS 
FOR SEPTEMBER 1997 

September 7 - The Golden Rule - Matt. 5:43-48, Matt. 6:12, Luke 630- 
35. 

1 . Why is this command of Jesus called the "Golden Rule"? 

2. According to the words of Jesus in these verses, how shall 
we "be the children of the Highest"(God)? 

September 14 - Pleasure Seeking - Prov. 21:17, Luke 8:14, 12:19, II 
Peter 2:13-22. 

1 . How shall pleasure loving make us poor? Poor in what ways? 

2. How can pleasure be one of "The pollutions of the world"? 
September 21 - Secret Things - II Kings 17:9-14, Psalm 19:12, Eph 

5:11-17. 

1 . What is a "secret fault"? 

2. How do the secret things of man compare to the secret things 
of God? 

September 28 -The Rich Man and Lazarus- Luke 16:19-31. 

1 . How does death close the door of God's mercy? 

2. Why did not the rich man ask to leave hell, neither to be with 
Lazarus, nor to testify to his brethren? 



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VOL. LXXV 



SEPTEMBER 1, 1997 



NO. 17 



"For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Scriptural in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



OUR WATCHWORD: Go into all 
the world and preach the gospel. 



OUR AIM: Be it our aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 

WE'VE A STORY TO TELL TO THE NATIONS 

We've a story to tell to the nations 
That shall turn their hearts to the right, 
A story of truth and mercy, 
A story of peace and light. 

We've a song to be sung to the nations 
That shall lift their hearts to the Lord, 
A song that shall conquer evil 
And shatter the spear and sword. 

We've a message to give to the nations, 
That the Lord who reigneth above 
Hath sent us His Son to save us, 
And show us that God is love. 



We've a Savior to show to the nations 
Who the path of sorrow hath trod, 
That all of the world's great peoples 
Might come to the truth of God. 

-Colin Sterne 



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A STORY TO TELL 

Many people have stories to tell. The type and purpose of their 
stories differ. Some stories would be better if not told. Others are 
instructive and helpful. Many tend to be boastful and self-serving. 
Often these stories provide entertainment. Probably the one telling 
the stories is entertained more than those who hear his tales. 

Jesus told many stories during His ministry. His stories were not 
to entertain but to edify. His stories illustrated Spiritual truths. The 
stories He wrapped these truths in made it easier for His listeners to 
understand what He was trying to convey. The religious leaders of 
Israel disdained the common people. Jesus spent much time teach- 
ing the common people. He took the time to make His points under- 
standable to all. It was the common people who heard Him gladly. 
The leaders were the ones who would not accept Him. They con- 
stantly found fault with Him. They were the ones who demanded He 
be crucified. The common people followed Him, at least, until their 
leaders made their response to Jesus a test of fellowship. 

After His resurrection and ascension, it was the common people 
who became the most numerous part of the Church. The Jewish 
leaders mocked them as the unlearned. They questioned how they 
could believe and follow Jesus and His disciples. These learned 
divines had rejected Him for He did not conform to their expecta- 
tions. 

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interest in their lives that they might share with others. Some even 
write their memoirs or autobiographies. 

Whether the events of our lives are interesting enough to share 
with the world through a published account or not, we all should 
have a story to tell. The story that should be foremost in our lives 
should be the story of God working in our lives through Jesus Christ. 

In the Bible we read of several men of God who had a story to 
tell. Some may have been reluctant; others may have been more 
bold. Each spread the word through their lives and words. 

Jonah was a reluctant witness. God had sent him to Nineveh, 
buthedecidedtogotoTarshish. He went the opposite direction. He 
had to be persuaded with the help of the giant fish that swallowed 
him. After he was back on dry land, he went to share his story with 
a greater eagerness than before. When he made it to Nineveh, he 
certainly had a story to tell. It was made the more compelling by his 
sojourn in the belly of the whale. His story initiated a great revival in 
Nineveh. Perhaps his story meant more to the Ninevites, when they 
realized that he came despite his great reluctance. 

There were many prophets sent by God to warn the people of 
Israel. Some went more readily than others. Some had a deeper 
and more compelling message than others. Some had to face ex- 
traordinary opposition. Despite the forces opposed to them, they 
told their stories. These stories were not always pleasant. Many 
were dark and foreboding warnings of judgment and punishment 
that awaited those who did not conform to the paths that God had 
set before them. 

Strong prophets like Elijah and Elisha, at times, were afraid of 
the power of their opposition. Especially when they must stand be- 
fore kings and queens, they could feel their weakness. Despite the 
supposed, apparent strength of those opposed to them, they were 
able to stand and tell the message that God had given them. Their 
messages of judgment and punishment were not easy to speak, but 
they were the messages that God knew was the best for His stray- 
ing, chosen people. 

A message of warning is never a pleasant message. Neverthe- 
less, that type of message is just as necessary as the messages of 
promises and blessings. Without the warnings that bring about self- 



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examination, repentance and change, there will be no promised bless- 
ings. The blessings come after the response to God's warning. The 
warning, itself, is a blessing in disguise. Without the warning there 
would be no needed change, so there would be no later blessings to 
be enjoyed. 

We may have many fears and doubts that would sidetrack us 
from telling our story. Through word, appearance and deed, we may 
convey the story that God wants told. He wants us to tell a dying 
world that there is hope for each one. That hope is centered in Jesus 
Christ. He came to die, to be buried, to resurrect and to ascend into 
Heaven for the forgiveness of the sins that separate us from God. 
Because of His work in our behalf we can be separated unto God 
instead of being separated from Him. 

Tell your story. Whether eager or reluctant, you may make a 
difference in someone's life. 

M.C.Cook 



1997 GENERAL CONFERENCE NOTES 

Continued from August 15, 1997 Issue 
Sunday P.M. (continued) 

Bro. Jim Meyers. Romans 12:1-2. The Church is a people sepa- 
rated from the world. There is a challenge to us in these words. 
Giving of our lives to the Lord and not to this world. If our minds are 
of this world, it grieves God. A friend of the world is an enemy of 
God. "Come out from the world." Satan tries to get us off the straight 
and narrow way. Traditions have a great role. Do not follow men, 
because they sometimes have made mistakes. Look to God's Word 
as the final truth to follow. The Church must be separated from the 
world. We are a separate people, followers of God. Separation from 
the world is living true to God. Someday, God is going to separate 
His people from the world. We are a chosen people separated from 
the world. We are a special people unto God. Abstain from the sins 
of the world. Be separated from this world. We need to take our 
stand and follow Christ. We also need to "come out from among 
them." Who is Lord and Master of your life? Be ready to meet the 
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Bro. Marlin Marks closed. Hebrews 11:13. Separate ourselves 
from the world. Accept God and His teachings and be ready to leave 
this world. 

Sunday Evening. 

Bro. Merle Sweitzer opened. The Church needs to be a separate 
people. The light we show, comes from our heart. The body of 
Christ creates a new life in us when we give our lives to Christ, and 
follow His teachings. 

Bro. Mark Andrews. Genesis 32. Jacob Meeting the Angel. Jacob 
wrestled with the angel. The angel of God injured Jacob. Jacob met 
God face to face. Jacob's name was changed to Israel by the Lord. 
Serve the Lord during your life. You may get a disease during your 
life, or have an accident. Then comes a time you will meet God face 
to face. In this situation, what will you do? There may come a time 
you may meet God face to face unexpectedly. Young people, we 
have a God to serve. There is more than one way to meet God face 
to face. You have two decisions to make to serve the Lord, or reject 
Him. What shall we give in exchange for our soul? When the Spirit 
of God works in your heart, you meet God face to face. Jesus said, 
"Seek and ye shall find." Jesus came to save the world. He can save 
you if you accept Him. 

Bro. Fred Pifer closed. Never give up. You have come to years. 
You should make a decision. Jesus was in the flesh on this earth at 
one time. He came so we can be saved if we come to Him. 
Monday Morning Worship. 

Bro. William Carpenter. Psalms 2. We are in constant danger in 
this corrupt world. God is with us and can help protect us. Moses 
heard many complaints of his people. God was with him and helped 
him lead his people. The Bible is the true Word of God. Jesus said, 
"I will come again and receive you unto myself." 
Monday A.M. 

Bro. David Aungst opened. Luke 1 7:5-1 1 . We are in a spiritual 
warfare. People are lovers of things rather than God. We should 
reverence God. So many times we do not reverence God as we 
should. We should fear God more. This would help our Church. Do 
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Christ. Satan tries to destroy our Church. Keep on fighting for the 
faith in Christ. Try to be stronger in the future to work in the Church 
for Christ. 

Bro. Philip Franklin lead Bible Study. Psalms 37. Trust in the 
Lord. 

Bro. Len Wertz. Hosea. We must stay true to God. Is there any 
way we can find peace? There is no other way, but to follow Christ. 
Do you look forward to meeting Him? All the things we see outside 
is nothing, compared to our Heavenly home. Satan is playing games 
with us. Do not let him deceive you. Any nation that leaves God has 
no power. We must be a Church set on the teachings of God. Stay 
close to God. We can not feel at home in the world. Our home is in 
Jesus Christ. If we sin as they did in Hosea, we will have judgment 
brought on us by God. We dare not forget to follow God and His 
teachings. The house of God should never be shut down. In less 
than fifty-eight years, America has let more sin come in. Many people 
are not serving God. The freedom we have today is failing us be- 
cause many in America are failing to worship our Heavenly Father. 
In our service for the Lord, we must have correction, if we are failing 
in some way. We must keep our Church true to Christ. Today we 
have a greater need to have God in us than we have ever had before. 
What lies ahead of us? This is the bright side on which to live as that 
little separated people living wholly for Christ, ready to meet Him. 
God will be with us. Live in the light of God. 

Bro. Gordon Jamison closed. There is peace in our minds when 
we follow Christ. 

Monday P.M. 

Bro. Fred Johnson opened. Luke 13:1-9. Does the Lord speak 
unto us? Except ye repent, ye shall likewise perish. He is a just 
God. Excuses to God will not be accepted. 

Bro. Jason Reed. Matthew 5:13-15. What is the purpose of a 
Church? It's a soul-saving station. How do we know how to make 
decisions? We are the salt of the earth. Anabaptists believed in the 
great commandments of Jesus. Salt was preserving. Anabaptists 
believed they were the salt of the earth. Anabaptists saw they needed 
to help the people in many ways in this world's kingdom. What is the 
purpose of the Church? (Luke 19:20). The parable of the talents. 



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What are we doing with the talents God gave us? "He that knoweth 
to do good, and doeth it not, unto him it is sin. Go unto all the world 
and teach the Gospel." God's people are called out to teach the 
people about Christ. Do the will of the Father in heaven. (Matthew 
5:16). "Let your light so shine before men that they may see your 
good works and glorify your Father which is in heaven." 

Bro. David Rice. We need to be a balanced candlestick on a hill. 
Numbers 3 and II Samuel 6. Cast all our cares upon God and He will 
help us. The good Samaritan stopped and helped the man lying on 
the road side. Mary sat at Jesus' feet and listened to Jesus. She 
had the mind of Christ's teachings. Do not get out of God's care. 
Keep working for Him to gain eternal life. The rich man thought more 
of his riches and would not give them up. He stopped working for 
God, and later missed his Eternal Home. Backing up in life means to 
say I am sorry. God designed us to take up His yoke and follow Him. 
Trying our faith works patience in us. Jesus said, "Come unto me 
and I will give you rest, Take my yoke upon you and ye shall have 
rest." 

Bro. Dean Shaffer closed. The spirit of God can help us in our 
problems. 

To Be Continued 
Sister Alice Heisey 

CARING AND SHARING 

Am I really a caring person? 

If we really care, we will be found sharing of ourselves and the 
abundant blessings God has given us. There are so many needs, all 
kinds of needs, both temporal and spiritual, which each of us can 
help supply. We should be willing and eager to share the love of 
Christ that we feel within, to all of those who have never experienced 
it. He loved, He cared and died for all. 

Christ, when He lived among us, left us that real example of true 
love and concern. He was always sharing. He was a servant to all, 
healing, comforting, blessing, and forgiving. Luke 7:13, "And when 
the Lord saw her, He had compassion on her, and said unto her, 
Weep not." This widow's only son had died. Jesus touched this 



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young man. He arose and began to speak. He delivered him to his 
mother. Jesus cared. He shared of His great power. He opened 
blind eyes, made the lame to walk and wept with them that wept. 

Do we care? Perhaps we often close our eyes to the need of 
others. Matt. 25:43, "I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, 
and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not." 
The priest and the Levite carelessly passed by the poor, wounded 
man. We are glad the story did not end there. The good Samari- 
tan — he did care and he did share. 

Gal. 5:14, "For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; 
Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself." Phil. 2:4, "Look not every 
man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others." 
Really caring for others. 

We so often miss real opportunities and rich blessings in our 
lives by not really caring and not sharing. Heb. 1 3:2, "Be not forgetful 
to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels un- 
awares." 

It seems caring for others is slipping from many of God's children's 
lives. We need to sing again the words of that old song together, 
"Help Somebody Today." 

Look around you. Find someone in need — there are many. Many 
are waiting for a kind loving word — can you supply it? Many have 
burdens too heavy to bear— can we lighten the load? Some are 
discouraged and weary in heart— can we give a few encouraging 
words? Let us help somebody today! 

Perhaps we should not always be looking for ways to get, but 
start looking for ways to give and share. 

Humbly submitted, 
Brother Herman Jamison 



DIVIDED AFFECTIONS 

Daniel 5:28, "...Thy kingdom is divided..." 

James 1 :8, "A doubleminded man is unstable in all his ways." 

Abraham Lincoln said a house divided against itself cannot stand. 



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What kind of loyal Christian would you be if you attended church, 
listened faithfully to the preaching, but went down the street and 
gave your offering to an entirely different church? 

We must search the scriptures and fellowship with believers who 
follow the scriptures. My pilgrimage to the Dunkard Brethren was a 
result of a diligent search to find a group who presently and histori- 
cally have followed the precepts set forth in the Word as closely as 
possible. It is also the result of a DESIRE to fellowship with those of 
like precious faith. 

My topic has to do with divided affections. Although it is not 
wrong to occasionally fellowship with those similar in belief to our- 
selves, we must question the practice of acknowledging groups that 
no longer strive to serve Him Biblically. 

We must likewise be careful in regard to whom we go for our 
knowledge of the Scriptures. An example would be quoting from 
prominent preachers. Most "evangelical" preachers of our day be- 
lieve that divorce and remarriage are all right. Most do not believe in 
any of the scriptural precepts that the real church has held to since 
Pentecost. We should not give heed to these seducing spirits. 

We also hear a lot of bellyaching about the church not growing. 
We need to be concerned about growth. We need to be concerned 
about seeking out and nurturing new members. In order for the church 
to grow, the existing members must be there, not somewhere else. 
In conversation with a young man in a similar church, he told me that 
during the summer his church's attendance is cut in half due to "week- 
end camping." Sure, these campers have worship services on the 
Lord's Day, (often with guitars and portable keyboards) but we have 
to wonder why this is done. Could it be that these folks are looking 
for a less "restrictive" way to worship? 

The modern-day seminars, often having to do with prophecy, 
attract a lot of people who would be better off if they stayed at their 
own church on the Lord's Day. These seminars often bring more 
confusion than anything else. If we think the church is missing some- 
thing it is better to discuss it with the Brethren than to take off some- 
where else on the Lord's Day. If we work together, and stay together, 
the Lord will be glorified. 

There has never been a greater need for prayer warriors in the 



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church. We need to pray that our leaders stay true to the Word. We 
need to pray that our unity is unaffected. Ephesians 4:3 says, "En- 
deavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace." En- 
deavoring. This word indicates that a lot of effort is involved. 

Many people I have talked to say that the Dunkard Church has 
the proper Biblical Doctrine. May we ever keep it. May we do all we 
can to insure it. You have heard the old adage, Why worry when you 
can pray. We can amend it by asking, Why complain when you can 
pray. 

Blest be the dear uniting love, 
That will not let us part; 
Our bodies may far off remove, 
We still are one in heart. 

Brother Lynn H. Miller 
70 Round Barn Road 
Newmanstown, PA 17073 



THE GOODNESS OF THE LORD 

Joshua 21:43-45, "And the LORD gave unto Israel all the land 
which he sware to give unto their fathers; and they possessed it, and 
dwelt therein. And the LORD gave them rest round about, according 
to all that he sware unto their fathers; and there stood not a man of 
all their enemies before them; the LORD delivered all their enemies 
into their hand. There failed not ought of any good thing which the 
LORD had spoken unto the house of Israel; all came to pass." 

In the book of Genesis, God made a covenant with Abraham. In 
chapter 17: 7-8, we read, "And I will establish my covenant between 
me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an ever- 
lasting covenant to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, 
the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an 
everlasting possession; and I will be their God." 

God made an everlasting covenant to be a God to the seed of 
Abraham. Along with this He made a covenant to give unto Israel all 
the land of Caanan for an everlasting possession. In the book of 
Joshua, we find that God kept His promise and gave unto Israel all 
the land which He sware to give unto their fathers. This was not 



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because Israel was always faithful, but because of the goodness of 
God. There was only one condition that Israel had to meet. That the 
LORD would be a God unto them. The term "a God" did not imply 
that other gods could be included in their worship. For we read in 
Exodus 20:5, "...for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God,..." 

God has never promised the Church earthly possessions, al- 
though through His goodness many of His people have prospered. 
We have spiritual blessings that have no comparison with earthly 
goods. We have the divine privilege of being a part of God's king- 
dom on earth. 

In addition to the land, Israel was given rest round about. Praise 
God we have rest in the Lord. When trials and tribulations beset us, 
we have rest in the goodness of the Lord. When sickness makes our 
bodies weak, God, in His goodness, sometimes sees fit to heal us. 
Other times we can have the peace and strength we need to bear 
the suffering. We can rejoice that the goodness of the Lord is ours 
even when the circumstances seem to indicate otherwise. For even 
as with Israel, of whom it is said, "there stood not a man of all their 
enemies before them," the goodness of the Lord is our continual 
strength. 'The LORD delivered all their enemies into their hand," but 
Scripture clearly teaches that battles had to be fought. Even so the 
Christian has to wrestle with Satan, sin and bodily discomforts 
throughout their life. The goodness of the Lord sustains us through it 
all. 

We can be assured that when God has promised something it 
will come to pass, "...there failed not ought of any good thing which 
the LORD had spoken unto the house of Israel; all came to pass." 

God's dealing with the earthly nation of Israel surely demonstrates 
His goodness. Dispite the goodness of the Lord, the nation of Israel 
was a rebellious nation. Because of this the nation of Israel was 
under Roman rule by the time God sent the ultimate demonstration 
of His goodness, the Lord Jesus Christ. God gave Israel prophetic 
guidance concerning the arrival of His Son. Unbelief and rebellion 
blinded the eyes of most. A few, like Simeon and Anna, were looking 
for the Messiah and recognized Him in the Lord Jesus Christ. 

It is our understanding that the earthly nation of Israel lost the 
covenant God made with them. That it was "everlasting" was contin- 



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gent upon the condition that God was to be their only point of wor- 
ship. This meant acceptance of God the Son when He was fuliy 
revealed. God never broke His covenant with the nation of Israel. In 
His goodness He fulfilled His promise in a greater way through the 
Lord Jesus Christ. The first Christians and the first leaders of the 
Church were Jews, or Israelites. 

Through the goodness of the Lord He also gave unto the Church 
the blessed Holy Spirit. Thus the Holy Trinity was fully revealed and 
"all came to pass." 

Yet there awaits those who have the covenant of the Lord and 
have experienced His goodness a final glorious experience. When 
we shall possess the "land of Canaan." We believe the ultimate un- 
derstanding of this is our home in Heaven. Then all our enemies will 
be subdued. We will be in perfect rest. There will fail not one good 
thing. We will be forever in the presence of our Lord. All because of 
His goodness. Glory! Hallelujah! Praise the Lord!! 

Brother James M. Hite 
816 E. Birch St. 
Palmyra, PA 17078-2704 

ARE YOU READY? 

"Be ye therefore ready also: for the Son of man cometh at an 
hour when ye think not." Luke 12:40. I would like to share with you, 
my brothers and sisters, the experience I had with the passing of my 
grandmother. She had told us she would die soon. Her main con- 
cern was to get us prepared for her death. She told us how she 
wanted her funeral arrangements. In the Navajo belief, you are not 
to speak about your death. But my grandma did not believe the 
Navajo way. She was a Christian. 

At the hospital, my family and I stayed by her bedside day and 
night. The doctors told us she was stable. My mother decided that it 
would be a good time to get a little rest. I came home and went to 
bed thinking I would see her in the morning. My aunt woke me up at 
five o'clock and told me grandma had died thirty minutes earlier. 

Jesus tells us to be ready for His coming. The Bible tells us in 
Luke to be ready. Jesus says in John 14:3b, "I will come again." He 



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sent His Holy Spirit to help us be ready for His second coming. Jesus 
gave us commandments to follow in order to be received in Heaven. 
He says to get rid of all traditions and follow Him only. 

Tor yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh 
as a thief in the night." I Thessalonians 5:2. "But of that day and hour 
knowethnoman..." Matthew 24:36a. I was fast asleep that morning 
not knowing that my grandmother was going to die. And so it is that 
the Lord will come when we think not. We may never see tomorrow, 
so let us be ready at all times. May the Lord bless you all. 

Brother Alan Trujillo 

HCR79Box8 

Cuba, NM 87013-9701 



AND NOW ABIDETH CHARITY 
OUR LOVE FOR OTHERS 

Lev. 19:18, "Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against 
the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself: 
I am the Lord." God goes even farther in verse 34 where he says, 
"But the stranger that dwelleth with you shall be unto you as one 
born among you, and thou shalt love him as thyself; for ye were 
strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God." 

Read Matt. 5:43-48 and Luke 6:27-36. Do you do more than the 
Publicans and sinners? 

John 13:34-35, "A new commandment I give unto you, That ye 
love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. 
By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love 
one to another." 

John 15:12-13, "This is my commandment, That ye love one an- 
other as I have loved you. Greater love hath no man than this, that a 
man lay down his life for his friends." 

Is it possible? Only with a great measure of His Holy Spirit. We 
can lay down our life by simply giving up our own selfish will, for the 
benefit of others. 

Rom. 12:9-10, "Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that 
which is evil; cleave to that which is good. Be kindly affectioned one 



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to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;" And 
Peter also instructs us that our love be sincere, I Pet. 1 :22, "Seeing 
ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit 
unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another 
with a pure heart fervently:" 

Rom. 13:8-10, "Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: 
for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law. For this, Thou shalt 
not commit adultery Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou 
shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any 
other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, 
Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. Love worketh no ill to his 
neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law." See also Matt. 
22:36-40 and Gal. 5:13-15. 

II Cor. 8:7-8, "Therefore, as ye abound in every thing, in faith, 
and utterance, and knowledge, and in all diligence, and in your love 
to us, see that yea abound in this grace also. I speak not by com- 
mandment, but by occasion of the forwardness of others, and to prove 
the sincerity of your love." 

Eph. 4:1-2, "I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you 
that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, With all 
lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another 
in love;" 

Phil. 1 :9, "And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more 
and more in knowledge and in all judgment." 

Phil. 2:1-4, "If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any 
comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mer- 
cies. Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, 
being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through strife 
or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better 
than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every 
man also on the things of others." 

I Thess. 3:12-1 3, "And the Lord make you to increase and abound 
in love one toward another and toward all men, even as we do to- 
ward you: To the end he may stablish your hearts unblamable in 
holiness before God, even our Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus 
Christ with all his saints." 



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I Thess. 5:1 2-1 3, "And we beseech you, brethren, to know them 
which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admon- 
ish you; And to esteem them very highly in love for their work's sake. 
And be at peace among yourselves." 

See Eph. 5:25, Col. 3:1 9 and Titus 2:4. 

The words of Heb. 6:10 give us consolation and hope. "For God 
is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye 
have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the 
saints, and do minister." 

James 2:8, "If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, 
Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well:" 

I Pet. 3:8, "Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one 
of another love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous:" 

I John 3:11, "For this is the message that ye heard from the 
beginning, that we should love one another." 

I John 3:23-24, "And this is his commandment, That we should 
believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, 
as he gave us commandment. And he that keepeth his command- 
ments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he 
abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us." 

Lord help me live from day to day 
In such a self forgetful way 
That even when I kneel to pray 
My prayer shall be for others 

Help me in all the work I do 
To ever be sincere and true 
And know that all I'd do for you 
Must needs be done for others. 

Let self be crucified and slain 
And buried deep; and all in vain 
May efforts be to rise again 
Unless to live for others. 

And when on earth my work is done 



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And my new work in heaven's begun 
May I forget the crown I've won 
While thinking still of others. 

I 
Others, Lord, yes others 

Let this my motto be I 

Help me to live for others 

That I might live like thee. 

That our love for one another may abound more and more as we 
strive to be more like Him who loved us and gave Himself for us. 
This is the prayer of your unworthy servant. 

Brother William Carpenter 

GROWTH 

Dear Fellow Believers, 

I think we all share the opinion that we would like to see growth 
in our Church. 

If the readers of the Bible Monitor were to submit articles detail- 
ing their suggestions for Church growth, the following would be my 
suggestions. 

Have a series of meetings on God's priority to us. Here is my list 
of priorities. 

Number one — He loves you enough to send His Son for a plan 
offering everlasting life. He took the place of the animal sacrifices. 

Number two — He blesses us daily with food, clothing, shelter, 
health and anything necessary for life on earth and a spirit for com- 
fort. 

For our priorities to Him. 

Number one — Our love for Him. How do we show it? " Inas- 
much as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, | 
ye have done it unto me." i 

Number two — Love your neighbor as yourself. 

Studying to find out what He says is important. "That if thou 
shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in 



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thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be 
saved," 

But the other things observed. He says happy are ye if you know 
and do these things. 

I have observed the apathy and falsehoods in churches today 
and have written about them. We should try to show the good in the 
Bible. We should be slow to criticize other's faults. God will judge 
them in His own time. 

All church growth should be considered without sacrificing the 
principles of the Bible. Did He not say that if I be lifted up I will draw 
all men unto me. Do we need any more man made things? 

Lets hear suggestions. 

Brother Walter C. Myers 

FAITH REPENTANCE BAPTISM 

In order to become a child of God there are certain things re- 
quired of us to obtain the promises. Read Matt. 19:17, "...if thou wilt 
enter into life, keep the commandments." It is true, Christ died for all 
humanity by taking upon Himself the sins of the world, but it is not 
until we comply with His agreement that the promises or agreement 
is made binding. It is the same with all His gifts. Take water for 
instance. The water is free whether we use it or not. The water is still 
there in the same amount. In order to use it we must carry, pump or 
hook up to the system in order to get it where we can use it. That 
costs effort, and usually money. When I wrote the article, ALL FREE, 
for the Bible Monitor some time ago, a woman told me that she knows 
that water is not free because she has to pay for hers (she uses city 
water). I explained that God supplies the water free, whether we use 
it or not. For us to use it, we have our part to do. So we have to pay 
to get the water where we can use it. Whether we carry the water, 
hook up a pump, or join the city system it costs money even though 
the water is free. 

When we want to become a child of God and inherit the prom- 
ises laid up for us eternally, we must accept the agreement before 
the agreement is valid. Christ said ye are my disciples "if ye keep my 



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commandments." In law, in marriage, in any agreement it takes at 
least two parties to make a binding agreement. So, also in conver- 
sion. 

First we must realize there is a God, Creator of all things. We 
must believe that He has a Son, who came from Heaven, brought a 
saving Gospel and shed His blood on Calvary's cross for a sin sick 
world. He did this to save mankind from an everlasting fire and brim- 
stone punishment. He did this to redeem them unto Himself to a 
glorious place, He is preparing for us called Heaven. There we will 
be spending eternity with our Creator. When we realize these truths 
and are convinced of them, faith is born. The Holy Spirit becomes 
our constant companion to lead us into the ways of all truth. He 
continues to show us how dirty and evil our lives have been and that 
we will be lost eternally should death overtake without the redemp- 
tion of Christ's blood. 

So what must we do? First we must get on our knees, repent 
and pour out our hearts to God in tears and promise to change our 
lives and destiny course toward Heaven. Repentance does not stop 
there. To fully complete our repentance we go to our fellowman whom 
we have wronged and confess our sin. If we have lied, we must 
make it right and tell the truth. If we have fraudulently cheated some- 
one, we must reimburse them, perhaps even double. Whatever sin 
or wrong we have committed, we must make it right in so far as we 
can. Often we cannot do this because the one we have wronged 
cannot be reached, but I feel sure the Lord will forgive a repentant 
heart. 

I kept overnight tourists in my house for some years. I will never 
forget one family of four who came in late one night and went directly 
to their room where they had family worship before retiring. Next 
morning the man told me a little of his life history. He was a desper- 
ate alcoholic at one time. The family had nothing to live on because 
of his habit. He was dying of alcoholism. The doctor had given him 
two months to live. He knew his soul was in a lost condition. He got 
out his mother's Bible, got down on his knees by the bedside. He 
read and prayed for four days. The Lord heard his prayer, and filled 
his soul with rejoicing. He jumped to his feet and decided to go first 
to his old drinking saloon and tell his old drunken friends about his 
release from alcoholic bondage and God's forgiveness. He thought 






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they would be glad to do likewise. But sad to say, they would not 
hear him nor want to know anything more about his conversion. Sad 
to say, this is often the result when people are bound in Satan's nets. 
He kept praising God. He was so happy. He did not die. I could tell 
that family of four had great love and concern for each other. He 
became a minister of the Gospel. At that time, he was on a journey to 
see his alcoholic brother who was dying of alcoholism, in hopes that 
he could inspire him to follow his footsteps while he had the opportu- 
nity. I never heard the results of that trip. I hope they were success- 
ful. 

God also operates in numbers, particularly in threes, fives, and 
sevens. The Godhead being three, Father Son and Holy Spirit; faith, 
hope and charity; body, mind and soul; so also faith, repentance and 
baptism. 

Baptism is the connecting link between conversion and a life of 
works. It is the last of conversion because baptism seals the agree- 
ment and starts us into proper works. If we fail in our first works we 
may be inclined to shorten the other works He has given us to do. 
Christ was sinless, but He was baptized of John in Jordan River. It 
was not to wash away His sins because He had none. It was as an 
example to sinful man to do likewise in following our Redeemer. 
Baptism is referred to as our second birth. Nothing is born of any- 
thing smaller than it is. Much running water would indicate thorough 
cleansing, complete cleansing of the whole person, body, mind and 
soul, all completely covered. That water courses on its journey to 
the ocean to be cast into the depths of the sea of God's forgetfulness 
and no longer charged to our account. We should seek a complete 
washing of the Spirit and complete outward washing of the water 
which sometimes indicates the Holy Spirit in Scripture. I firmly be- 
lieve water and Spirit are both very essential in holy baptism. 

Like the egg, which is composed of shell, white, and yolk, three 
different parts, but yet one whole egg. This may be likened to Father, 
and the Son, and the Holy Spirit, yet one Godhead. Matt. 28:1 9 tells 
us how to baptize. The first dip into the water is in the name of the 
Father, the second dip is in the name of the Son, third is in the name 
of the Holy Spirit. These three constitute one baptism in the likeness 
of His death when He bowed His head and gave up the ghost. 



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Matt. 28:20, " Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I 
have commanded you:" (and then the promise) "and, lo, I am with 
you alway, even unto the end of the world." Notice that no blessing is 
added if the instructions are not followed. Take note that when the 
Phillipian jailer cried out when he realized his need of Christ, "What 
must I do to be saved?" The Apostle Paul answered in Acts 16:29- 
34. Please read Rom. 6, Mark 16:16, Eph. 4:5. Philip also baptized 
the Ethiopian eunuch at his request in much water, Acts 8:36. Im- 
mersion represents the burial of the old man of sin and the resurrec- 
tion of the new man in Christ Jesus. 

History tells us that all churches practiced immersion baptism 
until the dark ages when the Christians were driven underground 
particularly into the catacombs of Rome, Italy during the Christian's 
persecution of the dark ages for 1 200 years approximately where 
there was not enough water to submerge a human being. 

Sister Ruth M. Snyder 
6159 Garrett Highway 
Oakland, MD 21550 



SELF EXAMINATION 

I Cor. 1 1 :28, "But let a man examine himself and so let him eat of 
that bread and drink of that cup." How often do we examine our 
lives? Once or twice a year at Lovefeast service? I feel I need to 
examine my life every day. Are we keeping our promises and our 
vows? There are marriage vows, vows to the church and vows to 
God. What for job are we doing? 

There is a story of a little boy that went into a grocery store to 
make a phone call. The phone was in the rear of the store so the 
owner could hear the one side of the conversation. The boy said, 
"Mister do you need any help?" It was quiet for a while then the boy 
said, "Mister are you sure you don't need any help?" When the boy 
went to leave the owner said to him, "Don't be discouraged, there's 
plenty other places to get a job." The little boy said, "I'm not looking 
for a job. That was my boss. I was just checking up on myself." 

Psalm 26:2, "Examine me, O Lord, and prove me; try my reins 
and my heart." 



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II Cor. 13:5, "Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; 
prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus 
Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?" 

It would be nice if we could call our Master to see what for job we 
are doing. But we won't find out until pay day. Will we hear the 
Master say, "Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been 
faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: 
enter thou into the joy of thy lord." 

Brother Nelson Myers 

SIXTYYEARS AGO 

September 1, 1937 

COVENANTS 

Ida M. Helm 

"Hear the word of the Lord, ye scornful men, that rule the people 
which is in Jerusalem. Because ye have said, we have made a 
covenant with death, and with hell we are at agreement, when the 
overflowing scourge shall pass through, it shall not come unto us: for 
we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood have we hid 
ourselves." (Isa. 29:14-15.) 

These men of Judah, though they were of God's chosen people, 
they were spiritually lulled to false security, and with careless confi- 
dence they boasted of their supposed covenant with death and agree- 
ment with hell that they believed would save them when the over- 
flowing scourge should pass through. They were ignorant of the fact 
that the covenanted people of God are the only ones that have a 
covenant with death and are safe from the Destroyer. 

These men mocked the prophets that God sent to warn them 
and plead with them to turn to God. They erred in vision and were 
drunk when engaged in the sacred, priestly duties of their office. 
God sent Isaiah to tell them that God will teach them that He means 
what He says, by men of strange lips and of another tongue. They 
were not safe from the ravages of the host of the Assyrian army. 
Egypt could not save them. 

These men of Judah were politicians, they were seeking an alli- 
ance with Egypt instead of putting their trust implicitly in God. They 



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thought by their policy they had bought off death and hades. They 
thought they had with their own ingenuity made themselves a secure 
refuge in Egypt. It is not by intrigue, nor by might, nor by power and 
it is not by money, nor by politics, nor by labor unions nor any worldly 
organization that we shall triumph over sin and Satan but it is by the 
Spirit of Almighty God. 

Hear God's voice speaking to these men of Judah, "Your cov- 
enant with death shall be disannulled and your agreement with hell 
shall not stand, when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, 
then ye shall be trodden down by it." (Isa. 28:14.) 

Dismay and disappointment will come to them and they will fall 
before the overflowing scourge. 

"Though Judah offer sacrifices year after year God will not ac- 
cept them, there shall be heaviness and sorrow, and thou shalt speak 
out of the ground." (Isa. 29:4.) 

The United States can never buy back industrial and economical 
peace, happiness and prosperity with the proceeds of the sale of 
whisky and its attendant evils. Their agreement with sin can not 
prosper. We must seek first the kingdom of God and His righteous- 
ness and God will add the material blessings needed. The refuge of 
lies and falsehood under which the men of Judah hid themselves, 
God said, "shall be swept away and the waters shall overflow the 
hiding place." (Isa. 28:1 7.) So it will be with men who favor whisky. 

Isa. 44:20 tells us of a man that feedeth on ashes; a deceived 
heart hath turned him aside, that he can not deliver his soul, nor say, 
"Is there not a lie in my right hand? A deceived heart. He carries a 
lie concealed in the right hand. God would hold the right hand and 
lead the man in paths of righteousness, but the hand is preoccupied, 
and with a lie he shuts himself from contact with God and ignores 
the blood covenant Jesus came to offer man, so he blunders on and 
finally sinks beneath the load of his own sins. 

Have I a sure covenant with God? Our religion may be only in 
feeling, or in words, or in outward acts of devotion. It may not include 
separation from the world. There may be no self-denying acts of 
love for God. The life may not be growing more Christ-like. The 
pleasures of sin and the vain glory of life may separate me from God 
and though I call myself a Christian, and I may say, I have a cov- 



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enant with God, that claim is a lie in my right hand, the hand by 
which God is seeking to lead me but cannot because of the lie. 

Jesus says, This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, 
and honoreth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. But in 
vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments 
of men." (Matt. 15:8-9.) The heart is deceived. God is not mocked, 
God made a covenant with Noah, and every time we see the rain- 
bow we think of God's truth and faithfulness. 

Let us turn our attention to the covenant God's Son Jesus made 
for mankind. The everlasting covenant, sealed with His own life blood. 
Peter in one of his wonderful sermon referring to the covenant the 
Jews inherited declared, "Ye are the children of the prophets, and of 
the covenant which God made with our fathers, saying unto Abraham, 
and in thy seed shall all the kindreds of the earth be blessed." (Acts 
3:25.) 

This old covenant was ratified many times with Abraham, with 
Isaac, with Jacob, with Moses, with David. God has always been 
faithful in all His covenants. It may be possible that I am not con- 
forming to modern theology by talking about God's covenant to man. 
Any way we hear very little said about it, but our forefathers talked 
and wrote a great deal about it. They realized something of the won- 
derful profound meaning contained in it. God has given us a plan by 
which He binds Himself and which we are invited to accept, and in 
which we may securely rest. 

The old covenant in the tabernacle with its blood of bulls and 
goats and heifers, and birds is a type of heaven where God has His 
dwelling place. It's a shadow of something better. It is a type of 
Christ, the Redeemer, the God-man who is the meeting place be- 
tween God and man. It is a type of the communion the Christian has 
with the Savior of the world. Jesus our great High Priest by virtue of 
the blood sacrifice He made once for all is in heaven. 

Turn to Hebrews 9:22-24, "Almost all things are by the law purged 
with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission. It was 
therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should 
be purified with these; but the heavenly things themselves with bet- 
ter sacrifices than these. For Christ is not entered into the holy places 
made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven 



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itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us." With his own 
blood "Moses was admonished of God when he was about to make 
the tabernacle: for, see, saith he, that thou make all things according 
to the pattern shewed to thee in the mount." (Heb. 8:5.) There was 
only one true tabernacle, only one way to make it. 

There can be only one true temple and its service must be just 
as God planned. There was only one ark in Noah's day to save the 
people and the ark was built exactly as God designed. The one 
tabernacle in the wilderness and the one temple in Jerusalem were 
types of something better. They were but the shadow, the crucified, 
resurrected Jesus is the substance. In His blood shed on Calvary 
He has given us the new covenant, the one covenant in Jesus blood. 

Heb. 13:20 says, "Now the God of peace, who brought again 
from the dead the great shepherd of the sheep with the blood of an 
eternal covenant, even our Lord Jesus, make you perfect in every 
good thing to do his will, working in us that which is well pleasing in 
his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. 
Amen." 

This refers to Jesus' entrance into the heavenly sanctuary with 
His own blood of the everlasting covenant and our Lord's exaltation 
as head over the family of God. "One Lord, one faith, one baptism." 
(Ephesians 4:5.) 

"There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one 
hope of your calling." (Eph. 4:4.) 

Each member of Christ's church, the one body is united to Christ, 
the one Head by one faith and one baptism. There is only one way to 
be saved for Jews and Gentile, red or yellow, black or white, all come 
under the one blood covenant in respect to their union with Christ. 
Jesus gave one plan for all. The humanity of our Redeemer is the 
basis of His work of atonement, of intercession and of reconciliation. 
He is the pattern of the Christian's life, the life that proclaims, "I am 
crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in 
me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the 
Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me." (Gal. 2:20.) 

The Jew's religion had its sort of pardon under the blood of the 
old covenant. There was the blood of animal sacrifices in which 
there was the remembrance of sins every year. There was only 



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enough efficacy in the Jewish animal sacrificial blood to keep alive 
the memory of sin. The sacrificial blood of Christ is of sufficient 
efficacy to wash away sin and to abolish the awful penalty of sin. 

All the promises of the gospel of Christ rest in the covenant made 
in the atoning blood of Christ, and the resurrection of Jesus from the 
dead. 

We accept Christ and His offered pardon when in holy baptism 
we follow Him into the water there to be thrice immersed in one bap- 
tism, into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy 
Spirit. We promise to renounce Satan with all his pernicious ways, 
we promise to follow Jesus in all things and be faithful until death.' 
We are not in covenant relation with the Trine God, three in one, 
Father, Son and Holy Spirit. One God. 

"Oh Lamb of God, thy precious blood 
Will never lose its power; 
Till all the ransomed church of God 
Are saved to sin no more." 



OBITUARY 

CHARLES F. MARKS 

Bro. Charles F Marks, 84, of Loganville, Pennsylvania went home 
to Heaven on Wednesday, June 25, 1997 

Born June 27, 1912, in York Township, Pennsylvania, he was the 
son of the late Daniel K. and Sadie F Marks. His wife, Beulah, pre- 
ceded him in death in 1989. 

Bro. Marks accepted the Lord and was baptized in 1922 at an 
early age in the Church of the Brethren. Later, he became a member 
of the Shrewsbury Dunkard Brethren Church where he served as a 
deacon for over forty years. 

He is survived by a son, Raymond R. Marks of Spring Grove, 
Pennsylvania; a daughter, Mary A. King of Collegeville, Pennsylva- 
nia; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and two broth- 
ers, Paul Marks, Winterstown, Pennsylvania and Ervin Marks, Hellam 
Township, Pennsylvania. 



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Funeral services were conducted in the Shrewsbury Dunkard 
Brethren Church on Saturday, June 28, with Elder Jacob Ness offici- 
ating. Interment was in the Dunkard Brethren Cemetery, Shrewsbury. 

Grandsons, Raymond Marks, Jr., Phillip and David Marks, Michael 
and Brian King and great grandson, Raymond Marks, III, served as 
pall bearers. 

We sincerely thank everyone for the many prayers, cards, and 
expressions of sympathy and love which have been shown to us. 

The Family of Charles Marks 

NEWS ITEMS 

THE NEW BIBLE MONITOR 

You now hold in your hand the new BIBLE MONITOR. As di- 
rected by the 1997 General Conference, the BIBLE MONITOR will 
now appear once a month. Each issue will have 32 pages instead of 
16 pages, so the total number of pages will remain the same. This 
change will require that articles and new items for a particular issue 
be in the Editor's hands approximately two months before that issue. 

CORRECTION 

The Editor has erred. The correct telephone area code for Breth- 
ren Robert Carpenter, Lloyd Lorenz, Harley Rush and Mike Wray is 
765 not 756 as printed in the August 1 , 1997, issue. We hope none 
have been greatly inconvenienced by this error. 

WEST FULTON, OHIO 

The Lord willing the West Fulton Congregation is looking forward 
to their revivals with evangelist, Bro. Mark Andrews from Grandview, 
Missouri. They are to start Friday, September 19 and go through 
September 28. Pray for these meetings that each one who comes 
will have a revival in their heart. All are cordially invited to attend. 

Sister Dianne Heisey, Cor. 



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WALNUT GROVE, MARYLAND 

Brother Gordon Jamison from Quinter, Kansas will be joining us 
to conduct revival services beginning Monday evening, September 
29, and ending with the Lovefeast celebration on Sunday evening, 
October 5. Your prayers/presence would be inspiring and encourag- 
ing to us during these efforts. 

Sister Dorcas Shelly, Cor. 



PLEASANT RIDGE, OHIO 

The Pleasant Ridge Congregation is planning a Harvest Meet- 
ing on October 5 at our Sunday Morning service. We welcome all to 
come and worship with us. 

Sister Marjorie Flory, Cor. 



PLEASANT HOME, CALIFORNIA 

The Lord willing, the Pleasant Home Congregation is looking 
forward to our Revival Meeting, October 5 through 1 2, with Bro. Wayne 
Burgess as our evangelist. 

We extend a hearty welcome to all who can come and enjoy 
these meetings with us. 

Sister Blanche Newman, Cor. 

PLEVNA, INDIANA 

The Plevna Congregation plans a Revival, October 12 through 
1 9 with Bro. Galen Shelly as Evangelist. Lovefeast Services will be 
the 18th at 2:00 P.M. and 7 P.M. You are all welcome to these ser- 
vices. 

On November 9 a Harvest Meeting is planned. Bro. Phil Gish will 
be the Speaker. Come and enjoy the day with us. 

Sister Verda Lorenz, Cor. 



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DAYTON, VIRGINIA 

The Lord willing, the Dayton Congregation is looking forward to a 
weekend Revival Meeting beginning on October 15 through October 
19,1997. 

The Lord willing Brother Kenny Wilkerson of the Bethel, Penn- 
sylvania Congregation will be our evangelist. Services 7:30 RM. 
weekdays. The Examination Service begins at 4:00 P.M., Lovefeast 
at 7:00 RM. on Saturday, October 18, 1997. 

We invite any and all to come and be with us. Also please re- 
member our little number in prayer that we might all be touched and 
drawn closer to the Lord and Saviour. 

Our prayer to all, "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and 
that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God." 

Sister Lizetta Bittinger, Cor. 

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS 
FOR OCTOBER 1997 

October 5 -The Law: A Shadow - Hebrews 10:1-18. 

1. What are the "Good things to come" that were only a 
shadow under the Law? 

2. Christ "Hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified." 
Explain. 

October 1 2 - A New And Living Way - Hebrews 1 0:1 9-29. 

1 . To what should we provoke one another? 

2. Explain the grace of God in light of willful sin by a believer. 
October 19 - God Will Repay - Hebrews 10:30-39. 

1. Explain the connection of patience and faith in receiving 
God's Promises. 

2. What might cause some to "draw back"? What is the final 
end of "drawing back"? 



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October 26 - Godly Faith - Hebrews 1 1 :1-12. 

1 . Which takes more faith to believe; God's Word about cre- 
ation or man's theories about evolution? 

2. Why did Noah choose to believe God and build the ark 
while almost all the other people in the world chose not to 
believe God's warning? 

YOUNG PEOPLE'S SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS 
FOR OCTOBER 1997 

October 5 - Sources Of Temptation - Gen. 3:1-6, Matt. 4:1-11, Eph. 
6:11. 

1 . Compare/contrast the response of Jesus Christ to temp- 
tation with the response of Adam and Eve (humanity) to 
temptation. 

2. How should followers of Jesus Christ respond to tempta- 
tion? 

October 12 - Cross Bearing - Matt. 10:38, 11:28-30, Luke 14:26-27. 

1 . How can Jesus speak about cross bearing and taking His 
yoke upon us as believers and say "I will give you rest"? 

2. What crosses may we have to bear as followers of Jesus? 
October 19 - Possessions - Matt. 6:19-21, Luke 12:15-21. 

1. Why is it not possible to lay up for ourselves treasurers 
upon earth and have our heart in Heaven? 

2. Explain the differences between needs, wants, and covet- 
ousness. 

October 26 - The House On A Rock - Matt. 7:24-29, Luke 6:46-49. 

1 . Why is hearing the words of Jesus not enough? 

2. Who is the rock that our Spiritual House must be built upon? 



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BOARD OF TRUSTEES 

Dale E. Jamison, Chairman 

R.1 Box 137 

Quinter, KS 67752 

Dennis St.John, Secretary 

21397-County Road B50 

Bryan, OH 43506 

Warren C.Smith, Treasurer 

26270 Highway 50 

McClave, CO 81057 

GENERAL MISSION BOARD 

Fred O. Pifer, Chairman 

1734 240th Street 

Adel, IA 50003 

Robert Carpenter, Secretary 

R.5 Box 97 

Peru, IN 46970 

Dale E. Jamison, Treasurer 

R.1 Box 137 

Quinter, KS 67752 

Henry Walker 

12409 Terrace View Court 

Waterford, CA 95386 



Paul Stump 

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Englewood, OH 45322 

Milton Cook 

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BOARD OF PUBLICATION 

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Mike Wray, Secretary 

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H. Edward Johnson, Treasurer 

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Fred O. Pifer 

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Marlin Marks 

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Mark Cordrey 

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Modesto, CA 95358 

RELIEF BOARD 

Henry Walker, Chairman 

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Waterford, CA 95386 

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Cuba, NM 87013 

Hayes Reed, Chairman 

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Modesto, CA 95355 

James Meyers, Secretary 

2641 205th Street 
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Marian Jamison, Treasurer 

Box 1 00 

Quinter, KS 67752 

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Larry Andrews 

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BIBLE MONITOR 

VOL. LXXV OCTOBER, 1997 NO. 18 

Tor the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Scriptural in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



OUR WATCHWORD: Go into all 
the world and preach the gospel. 



OUR AIM: Be it our aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 






I'LL BE A SUNBEAM 

Jesus wants me for a sunbeam, 
To shine for Him each day; 
In ev'ry way try to please Him 
At home, at school, at play. 

Jesus wants me to be loving, 
And kind to all I see; 
Showing how pleasant and happy 
His little one can be. 

I will ask Jesus to help me 
To keep my heart from sin; 
Ever reflecting His goodness, 
And always shine for Him. 

I'll be a sunbeam for Jesus; 
! can if I but try; 

Serving Him moment by moment, 
Then live with Him on high. 
-Nellie Talbot 



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TALENTS 

Jesus used many parables to teach Spiritual truths. The edu- 
cated and aristocratic Spiritual leaders of the Jews would not listen 
to Him. The common people were glad to hear Him. They were 
ignored and looked down upon by the scribes, Pharisees, 
Sadduccees, and priests. Jesus spoke to them of homely things 
they could grasp easily. He did not give these illustrations to merely 
be telling stories. These stories had a purpose. They were designed 
to use common, everyday events and objects to illustrate deeper 
Spiritual truths. 

In Matthew 25:14-30, Jesus speaks of the talents destributed to 
various men and how each used what he had been given. This story 
also applies to us today. 

The talents may be looked at in two different ways. A talent was 
a measure of silver. It has been estimated that a talent of silver 
would be worth approximately sixteen hundred dollars. This was not 
a small sum of money that was entrusted to these servants. A talent 
may be considered the ability that each has been given. It is easy to 
realize that individuals have been given varying amounts of talents. 
There are many talents that are necessary in a full life. Not all people 
have the same talents, nor in the same degree. Some people obvi- 
ously are endowed with far more talents than others. However those 
who have even one should be thankful to have been entrusted with 
that one. The best way to show thanks for that talent is to use it. 
Because we were not endowed with all talents does not mean that 



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we should not fully use the talent we do have. 

The Lord of these servants was preparing to go on a long jour- 
ney as he parceled out these talents to his most trusted servants. 
He wanted them to use wisely what he gave them. He did not want 
it wasted. He wanted it increased by the time he returned. This is 
very much like our Lord. Jesus left this Earth for His Heavenly Abode 
nearly two thousand years ago. He, too, has promised to return. He 
has left with each of His followers certain gifts, talents and abilities. 
Some have been given more than others. He expects that none 
would be wasted. He wishes that all could increase what they have 
been given. 

The first servant was given five talents. His master rightly dis- 
cerned that here was a man who would make good use of what he 
would be given. His faith in this man was rewarded. He went out 
energeticly and began to deal with the five talents. He bought, sold 
and traded until he had doubled his money. When a man is willing to 
use the talents that he has been given, he will increase his supply. 

The second servant was not blessed as abundantly as the first. 
He was given two talents. Rather than complain about it, he went to 
work and doubled his money. He increased his holdings by as large 
a percentage as the first servant. He did what he could with what he 
had been given. 

The third servant was given one talent. Instead of being thankful 
for what he was given, he pined for what he had not been given. He 
was a complainer. He was sure that life was not fair. He was sure 
God was prejudiced against him. He knew he was as deserving as 
the other two. He did not understand why the Lord had not intrusted 
him with more. His response was to dig a hole and bury that talent. 
If he could not have more, then he was not going to waste his time 
using that one talent. By burying his talent he was in danger of 
losing what he did have. The least this servant could have done was 
to invest his money in a savings account, so he could have gained 
some interest on his money. 

As promised the Master did return. They may each have thought 
that he would never return, but he did. Many wonder if Jesus is 
going to return. He has promised to come again. He will keep His 
promise. He will return. It may not be when men would prefer. It 
may not be when they predict it will be. Nevertheless, He will return. 






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When the Master did return each had to give an account of how 
each had used his talent. He commended the first for his profitable 
increase. He also praised the second servant for using wisely the 
talents that he had been given. He very severely censured the last 
servant for the lack of use of his talent. He took that one talent away 
from the slothful servant and gave it to the one with ten. Those who 
handle the Lord's talents with complaint, laziness and disdain will 
end up losing even that which they do have. He was cast into outer 
darkness which would be a fair warning to all who would misuse, 
abuse or ignore the talents that they have been given by the Lord. 

Are you fully using the talents that the Lord has given you, whether 
they be few or many? 

M.C.Cook 

THE BIBLE SPEAKS TO YOUTH 

"Very Tempting" 

We routinely pray, "Lead us not into temptation..." But what do 
we mean when we pray these words? 

To tempt is to persuade someone to do something evil or un- 
wise. Many times the temptation comes with the promise of plea- 
sure or gain. Temptation always involves what the tempted consid- 
ers "gain" yet with it a little warning signal appearing that says, "Maybe 
I shouldn't." This signal comes from our God given conscience. 

Even Jesus was tempted. He possessed powers far superior to 
those of mortal man. He had the power to heal, to alter natural laws 
yet He was tempted. Yet how else could He identify or even empa- 
thize with our propensity to give in to temptation. Paul says in He- 
brews that He understood our weaknesses because He shared our 
temptations. 

Matthew contains the account of Jesus' baptism in the Jordan 
River by John. It was at that time the Holy Spirit descended upon 
Him and God spoke from heaven, saying, "This is my beloved Son in 
whom I am well pleased." This marked the beginning of His public 
ministry and was one of the highest points in His life. He was imme- 
diately subjected to the severe tests about which we read in Luke, 
chapter 4. He went directly from the glory of His Jordan baptism 



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experience to the Judean desert. This is one of the most barren 
spots on earth. It is so hot that the dust and rocks are heated to 
around 1 40 degrees. It was in this place and this climate that Satan 
tempted Jesus in the three basic ways we are also tempted. 

"If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become a loaf of 
bread." Satan tempted Jesus to eat but more than that, he tempted 
Him to use His power in a compromising way. He had been led by 
the Holy Spirit info the desert to fast and this meant a total absti- 
nence from food. If Jesus had broken that fast, He would not only 
have disobeyed the Father but would have become a servant of his 
physical appetite. Both would have been sin. 

Now remember, temptation is not wrong in itself. It was not wrong 
for Jesus to eat. However, at this time it would have been totally 
wrong. To have yielded would have lead to ruin and destruction. 

Today the people are being subjected to a monumental bom- 
bardment of the physical senses. You need not go into the desert to 
be tempted. We need only to turn on the radio, television or walk 
down the street. Flip through a magazine and the stories and slo- 
gans will whet your sensual appetites for something. 

The philosophy of this generation is hedonism. This is the idea 
that pleasure constitutes our highest good. It is sort of the Playboy 
philosophy. It is also what many students are being taught in the 
classroom. This idea is carried in most of the publications now on 
the market. "Who needs puritanical philosophy?" "Enlightened people 
need to set themselves free. They need to create meaningful rela- 
tionships by doing their own thing. As long as nobody gets hurt, 
pleasure is the ultimate goal and there is no limit." 

While Jesus' temptation was not along sexual lines here, He was 
asked to yield to a healthy physical appetite-hunger. But He tri- 
umphed! He was not so shallow that He would "live by bread alone." 

Comedians and politicians have had a lot of fun at the expense 
of that statement but do not make the mistake of missing its pro- 
found meaning. There is a lot more to life than satisfying a physical 
appetite. If we live primarily for food, drink and physical satisfaction, 
we will eventually become "overstuffed." The most bored people on 
earth are those who become the pawns of intemperance and unre- 
straint. These people turn to drugs and the outer limits of physical 



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desires. They seem to never find happiness. We are programmed to 
know, enjoy and to love God and anything else eventually exhausts 
us. 

You no doubt have heard the paraphrase of the twenty third Psalm 
which was found in a Long Beach, California phone booth. It read as 
follows: 

King Heroin is my shepherd, I shall always want. 

He maketh me to lie down in the gutters: 

He leadeth me beside troubled waters. 

He destroyeth my soul. 

He leadeth me in the path of wickedness for effort's sake. 

Yea, I shall walk through the valley of poverty and will fear all evil: 

For thou, heroin, art with me. 

Thy needle and capsule try to comfort me. 

Thou strippest the table of groceries in the presence of my family: 

Thou robbest my head of reason, my cup of sorrow runneth over. 

Surely, heroin addiction shall stalk me all the days of my life 

And I shall dwell in the house of the damned forever. 

These words were penned by a twenty year old addict who was 
trying to kick the habit. But remember, drugs are only one way men 
and women have put "bread" ahead of God in our affluent, material- 
istic society. Most people would paraphrase the twenty third Psalm 
like this: 

"Money, cars, clothes, popularity, television, fun and games, or 
doing things for kicks, are my shepherd, and I can't get enough of 
them." 

The pursuit of pleasure is out of control. Our forefathers had a 
beautiful idea when they reasoned and penned, "All men are created 
equal and endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights, 
among these, life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." Unfortu- 
nately, that "Pursuit of happiness" has turned into the pursuit of plea- 
sure. Pleasure, comfort and self-indulgence have become all impor- 
tant to millions of people. 

Jesus made it clear that the worship of pleasure and God can 
not mix. It was stated in I Timothy that just prior to the return of 
Christ, men would "Love pleasure more than they love God " Do we 
see that today? 



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The Bible promises pleasure but not the pleasure we have been 
describing. This pleasure is not filling our stomachs with gourmet 
food or crowding our closets with the latest fashions. Real satisfac- 
tion comes from a relationship with God that brings us into full de- 
pendence upon Him instead of things. 

Jesus came to give us the "abundant life" According to psy- 
chologists, we have two important needs: to have love and the feel- 
ing of self worth. In other words, in order to be happy we must feel 
that someone, somewhere really loves us, with no strings attached. 
We must feel that what we are and what we do really matters. 

Added to this is the idea of worthwhileness: a feeling that what 
we do will last longer than we do. The Bible actually calls this fruitful- 
ness. Jesus told His disciples that they must share His life for "apart 
from Him, they could do nothing." 

That is what makes the Christian life so beautiful: sharing and 
obeying Christ. It must be done on a voluntary basis. God does not 
move in and make us do it. He just lets it grow and develop. 

As a Christian, you will never have perpetual pleasure. You will 
not always be in high form. There will be times when God will have to 
bring about circumstances conductive to trust, dependence and be- 
lief. You may be required to suffer. But in the final analysis, it will be 
a "good life." Paul told Timothy "Godliness is profitable unto all things, 
having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come." 

In Jesus the good life is here. An even better one is to come. 
May God lead us away from temptation and help us to be overcom- 
ers when we are tempted. 

Brother Len Wertz 

THE EYES OF THE LORD 

Jer. 32:1 7-1 9, "Ah Lord God! behold, thou hast made the heaven 
and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is 
nothing too hard for thee: Thou shewest lovingkindness unto thou- 
sands, and recompensest the iniquity of the fathers into the bosom 
of their children after them: the Great, the Mighty God, the Lord of 
hosts, is his name; Great in counsel, and mighty in work: for thine 
eyes are open upon all the ways of the sons of men: to give every 



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one according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings;" 

Psalm 1 1 :4, "The Lord is in his holy temple, the Lord's throne is 
in heaven: his eyes behold, his eyelids try, the children of men." 

It should be a sobering thought that God sees all that we do, but 
we should not think that God is constantly looking for little sins for 
which He can punish us. Rather His eyes are upon us for good; if we 
trust Him and love Him. 

II Chron. 1 6:9, Tor the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout 
the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose 
heart is perfect toward him. Herein thou hast done foolishly: there- 
fore from henceforth thou shalt have wars." 

Because Asa forgot how God had delivered them from the Ethio- 
pians, and chose to trust in the king of Syria, great troubles came 
upon him. 

Solomon prayed that God's eyes should be open unto the temple, 
I Kings 8:29. And that His eyes should be open unto the supplication 
of those who called upon Him, I Kings 8:52. See also II Chron. 6:20, 
40. 

I Kings 9:3, "And the Lord said unto him, I have heard thy prayer 
and thy supplication, that thou hast made before me: I have hallowed 
this house, which thou hast built, to put my name there for ever; and 
mine eyes and mine heart shall be there perpetually." See also II 
Chron. 7:12-16. 

Heb. 4:13, "Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in 
his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him 
with whom we have to do." Please read verses 9 through 16. 

I Peter 3: 1 2, "For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and 
his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against 
them that do evil." 

Hagar understood that God saw her where ever she was. Gen. 
16:13, "And she called the name of the Lord that spake unto her, 
Thou God seest me: for she said, Have I also here looked after him 
that seeth me?" 

Jer. 32:19, "Great in counsel, and mighty in work: for thine eyes 
are open upon all the ways of the sons of men: to give every one 
according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings:" 



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Jer. 24:6, "For I will set mine eyes upon them for good, and I will 
bring them again to this land: and I will build them, and not pull them 
down; and I will plant them, and not pluck them up." 

Psalm 94:9, "He that planted the ear, shall he not hear? he that 
formed the eye, shall he not see?" 

Gen. 6:8-9, "But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord. These 
are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his 
generations, and Noah walked with God " 

We may find grace in His eyes, by the forgiveness of sins, by 
faith in Christ, and the applied blood, which He has shed for the 
forgiveness of our sins. Psalm 32:1-2, "Blessed is he whose trans- 
gression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man unto 
whom the Lord imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no 
guile." 

Christ our Redeemer died on the cross, 
Died for the sinner, paid all his due 
All who receive Him, need never fear 
Yes, he will pass, will pass over you. 

Chiefest of sinners, Jesus can save 
As he has promised, so will he do; 
Oh, sinner hear him, trust in his word 
Then he will pass, will pass over you. 

Judgment is coming, all will be there, 
Who have rejected, Who have refused? 
Oh, sinner hasten, Let Jesus in, 
Then God will pass, will pass over you. 

Oh, what compassion, Oh, boundless love! 
Jesus hath power, Jesus is true; 
All who believe are safe from the storm, 
Oh, he will pass, will pass over you. 

When I see the blood, 

I will pass over you, 

When I seethe blood, 

I will pass, I will pass over you. 



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May His eyes be always upon you for good. 

Brother William Carpenter 

HOME 

Home was instituted by God, It is a wonderful institution on earth, 
a blessed place, if it is a Christian home. 

The young man and woman who are true Christians, starting out 
in life together to establish a home, will meet with many problems, 
joys, and sorrows. The kindest and the happiest pair will have occa- 
sion to forbear; and something every day they live to pity and per- 
chance forgive. Love and prayer will ease many a broken heart. 

When the family is started, God gives us these little innocent 
children, and intrusts them in our care, to teach them the way of truth 
and right, that they might grow up to serve the Lord. Children are 
great imitators, they believe what we tell them, and how they cling to 
us for protection. How can we be careful enough in the examples we 
put before them? 

As Moses gave instructions to the children of Israel, when they 
were encamped in the plains of Moab, shortly before entering the 
land of promise. "And thou shalt teach them diligently unto the chil- 
dren, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and 
when thou walkest in the way, and when thou liest down, and when 
thou risest up." Deut. 6:7. Moses knew the importance of keeping 
God's law before them, for they were so prone to stray away from the 
true and living God and serve other gods. 

As older parents we look back and see the mistakes we made 
and the opportunities we lost when our children were small. If younger 
parents could realize the great value in teaching their little ones, 
while they are little, as it has been stated, a child's character is formed 
in the first five years of its life. If this be true, think how great the 
responsibility is. Their little minds are so pliable. We know how they 
ask so many questions. May God give us wisdom to give them the 
right answers. 

We have a beautiful picture of a Home, given by David. "Thy wife 
shall be as a fruitful vine by the sides of thine house: thy children like 
olive plants round about thy table. Behold, that thus shall the man be 



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blessed that feareth the Lord." Psalm 128:3. 

Where there is a large family they help one another. When one 
becomes injured, the other children are concerned, because they 
love one another. 

Christian heritage is invaluable to those who have or have had a 
Christian Father and Mother. They should be so thankful for them. 
However, because our parents lived a Godly life, will not save us. 
We will have to work out our own soul's salvation. 

We believe the Mother has a great influence, for good or bad 
over the family of children. So much could be said about a Mother's 
influence. Not only while the children are little but, as a never ending 
love and devotion for them. 

The prophecy of King Lemuel that his Mother taught him, por- 
trays a most beautiful picture of an ideal wife and Mother. 

"She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the 
law of kindness. She looketh well to the ways of her household, and 
eateth not the bread of idleness. Her children arise up, and call her 
blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her." Prov. 31:26-28. 

What a wonderful blessing when children have confidence and 
respect for their parents, and likewise, parents can have the same 
for their children. It requires much prayer and love one for another. 

A true Christian parent will have that same joy in their children, if 
they walk in truth, as the Beloved disciple John spoke of Gaius, "I 
have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth." Ill 
John 4. 

When children do not walk in truth, it not only grieves the earthly 
parent but also our Heavenly Father. 

In a Christian home, little kind deeds, may seem small but they 
have a great value in building up love and respect for each other. 
When children leave the parents to start a home, they will still love to 
come back home. Why? Because there is that love that binds chil- 
dren and parents together. But when the time comes to leave these 
earthly homes, there is a Home prepared where we can meet, to 
part no more, if we are faithful and do His Will. "But now they desire 
a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed 
to be called their God; for he hath prepared for them a city." Heb. 
11:16. 



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A sweetly solemn thought 
Comes to me o'er and o'er, 
Today I'm nearer to my home 
Than e'er I've been before. 

Sister Clara Gunderman 

THE CURSE OF GOD ON THE EARTH 

The curse placed upon the earth by God at the sin of Adam and 
Eve recorded in Genesis 3 was an act of mercy on God's part. It 
plays an integral part in salvation. It is still in effect today with impli- 
cations for environmental issues. 

When Adam and Eve sinned God cursed the serpent (Gen. 3:1 4) 
who was responsible for instilling the temptation to disobey God's 
command into Adam and Eve. The curse affects the serpent itself 
and its position in the created order and in what it eats for the rest of 
its life. 

Then God speaks to the woman who not only disobeys, but then 
"gave also unto her husband with her." (vs. 6) Notice he does not 
curse Eve, but he does increase her pain in child birth and places 
her in subjection to her husband. The punishment affects women 
everywhere. 

When he speaks to Adam, however, God says in part, "cursed is 
the ground for thy sake, in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of 
thy life; (vs. 17-19). Just as the wages of sin is death, so the punish- 
ment for sin makes life a harder gift from God to bear for women and 
for men who rule over women. 

However, the fact that God curses the ground was an act of Mercy 
on God's part. If God had cursed Adam instead of the ground, man 
would have been cursed forever. Already in Genesis 3:14 the ser- 
pent is cursed. That curse remained in effect in the past until Christ 
came to bruise his head. It remains in effect today while Christ has 
defeated Satan, but Satan continues to bruise the heel of the church 
(Rev. 12:13,17). It will remain in effect while Satan is cast into the 
lake of fire with his demons. (Matthew 25:41) 

God's curse is not revoked easily, if at all. In Deuteronomy 21 :23 
God curses all who hang on a tree. In Galations 3:13 Christ is still 



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preached as bearing the curse for hanging on a tree. So it is an act 
of mercy on God's part to make humans struggle for existence and 
life on a cursed earth rather than to carry within himself the curse of 
God for all eternity. 

Secondly, God's cursing the earth instead of Adam plays an in- 
tegral part in salvation. Part of the creation plan involves the salva- 
tion of humans for we are told that Christ was slain before the foun- 
dations of the world. In the punishment of the serpent God has 
already made reference to the role Christ would have in saving man- 
kind from sin. 

Please note how carefully God has thought this out. The salva- 
tion of humans for our sin is to be brought about by a child of the 
woman whom Satan has just deceived. God's planning is even longer 
ranging. God has made mankind in His own image. Jesus, as the 
Son of God, shows us who the Father is. Jesus and the Father are 
one. If we have seen Jesus we have seen the Father. Jesus is the 
image of God the Father. Humans are also made in the image of 
God. So when Jesus came as a human being to be the Christ for 
human beings He was not putting on a nature totally foreign to Him- 
self. In other words, Jesus is not a mutated God. In fact it is because 
of this fact that Jesus can be fully God and fully human. Very God 
and very man. 

Another fact involved in this salvation planning is found in Gen- 
esis 3:22 where God is talking. God says: "Behold, the man is be- 
come as one of us, to know good and evil." This statement tells us 
two things. First God has the knowledge of good and evil. Of course 
that stands to reason, for if God did not have such knowledge how 
could He declare the law which defines what is good and evil? Or 
how could He be judge between good and evil? (Just a point of 
clarification. Although God has this knowledge, God's will is so in 
control of Himself that God has never acted in an evil way. The 
scriptures are consistent in this witness to God's eternal goodness.) 
Satan also has this knowledge but he has chosen to act only in evil 
ways. (This is his claim to godship. Because he is all that God is not 
he is a god of his own creative evil empire. Satan brought evil into 
existence.) Second, verse 22 of chapter 3 tells us that when Adam 
and Eve sinned mankind now possessed this knowledge of good 
and evil. This explains why some people can be so moral and good 



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and other people can be so despicably evil. It also explains why 
sometimes people are good and will turn in the blink of an eye and 
do something evil. It is why humanity is so ambivalent about moral- 
ity. The fact is, when sin came and ruled over us, humanity no longer 
was able to control his will consistently to always do good or always 
do evil. It is part of the whole dilemma described by Paul in Romans 
7:19,23,24. 

Tor the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, 
that I do. ...I see another law in my members, warring against the law 
of the mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in 
my members. O wretched man that I am who shall deliver me from 
the body of this death." 

Our knowledge of good and evil is why we need to live and walk 
in the power of the Holy Spirit if we are to live a consistent, holy and 
obedient life. Jesus Christ also had this knowledge of good and evil. 
Jesus had this knowledge because he was fully God. Jesus had this 
knowledge because He was fully man. Very God and very man. 
Therefore, Jesus could be tempted in every way that man is tempted. 
Jesus really felt the pull to use His knowledge of evil for Himself. In 
the wilderness temptations Jesus is tempted to care for Himself by 
providing food for Himself. He is tempted to question God and set 
Himself up against God's scripture. He is tempted to gain glory and 
power for Himself by taking the short and easy way of worshipping 
Satan. Just as our biggest sins are self-sufficiency, self-righteous- 
ness, and self-will. He does not give in and use His knowledge of 
what is evil. He does not become ruled by sin. He does not become 
evil in His being as humans and Satan have become because we 
have used our knowledge of evil in actions. Thus Jesus is able to be 
the sacrifice that brings salvation to humanity. 

If God had cursed Adam instead of the earth, Christ would not 
have been able to bring salvation to humans. For man would be 
cursed for all eternity. The curse could not be revoked. Second, 
Christ being fully human would also be cursed. He could not bring 
about salvation for He would be part of the punishment of sin. He 
struggled to live on the cursed earth among sinful men, but He was 
a man free from the curse and not under bondage to sin. When 
Christ becomes cursed it was for hanging on a tree not for being 
sinful. Our sins were placed on Christ and He bears all our sins in 



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Himself. We are set free from the bondage of sin, but still live on a 
cursed earth. God's cursing of the earth was part of the plan of 
salvation and an act of mercy toward humankind. 

We have already established that the curse of God is not re- 
voked, so the curse on the earth is still in effect. It was not purged in 
the flood of Noah. This can be proved from scripture. Genesis 3:1 7b- 
19a reads: "Cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou 
eat of it all the days of thy life; thorns also and thistles shall it bring 
forth to thee and thou shalt eat the herb of the field; in the sweat of 
thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return to the ground." Any 
farmer will tell you that the weeds still grow and making a living is still 
a hard fought battle. Any person alive will tell you how hard it is to 
make a living and will give you a story of blood, sweat, and tears. 

The words of Genesis are confirmed in Romans 8:22 which reads: 
Tor we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain 
together until now." This verse indicates that the earth still heaves 
under the curse of sin. In Romans 8:19-21 the "creature" (in other 
versions of the Bible the "creation") waits for the manifestation of the 
sons of God so that it can be delivered from the bondage of corrup- 
tion into the glorious liberty. This waiting of the earth is for the day of 
Christ's second coming. 

Third, many times in the Bible, the redeemed are promised the 
creation of a new heaven and a new earth. In II Peter 3:7 we read: 
"But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word 
are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and 
perdition of ungodly men." If the curse has been lifted from the earth 
there would be no reason to create them. God would merely need to 
destroy sinful, non-redeemed persons and the redeemed could live 
happily ever after. 

The curse was an act of mercy, it was a part of the plan of salva- 
tion, it remains in effect, but someday the earth that bears the curse 
will be destroyed and a new earth put in its place. Genesis 2:15 
gives humans the Divine injunction to dress and keep the earth. That 
command is never revoked. So we as humans need to take our 
rightful place on environmental issues. Romans 8 tells us that as 
redeemed persons we need to help relieve the present earth, as 
much as we can, so it can be freed from its groanings and travailings. 
Unlike other environmentalists who see us as one with the earth, or 



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see the earth as a "mother" or even a life giving god (There are 
people in the New Age Movement who believe this.) We must un- 
derstand that the earth is a good creation of God that bears in itself 
the curse of sin and is destined to be destroyed. Other environmen- 
talists will think of the earth as existing forever. In their mind we 
supposedly borrow its resources from our children. For the Christian 
this is not so. Our God is still creatively involved in the earth, and will 
renew it and revive it when necessary. We care for the earth not for 
our children, but for our God, until God returns to take us home, and 
to destroy the earth. Christians walk a fine line. We are tempted 
either to not care at all for the earth and use and abuse its resources 
for our own good and wealth. (A charge rightly leveled against the 
Church in the past.) Or we are tempted to ignore the scriptures and 
buy into the world's way of thinking that if the earth dies we die. This 
world is not our home. We are just passing through, but we are 
under divine obligation to dress and keep the earth for the God who 
created us for that purpose. 

Brother Steven R. Kooistra 



1997 GENERAL CONFERENCE NOTES 

Continued from September 1, 1997 Issue 

Monday Evening. 

Bro. Milton Cook opened. Galatians 1:1-12. Paul learned to 
preach from God. Has the Gospel been changed? No, it is the 
same. Changing God's Holy Word by anyone, God said, "Let him be 
accursed." What was Paul's purpose? It was to preach the Gospel 
of God's Holy Word. We live in a world that is looking for another 
Gospel. God gave us a saving Gospel. He gave us what we need. 

Bro. Henry Walker. Acts 2:36-38. Christ shed His blood that we 
could gain salvation. God gave His only Begotten Son that we could 
be saved. After three days, Christ rose from His grave. We are living 
in the last days. Satan is working harder than he ever did before to 
deceive the people. We are saved by faith. Every time we look into 
God's Word, we find something new. We all have sinned and come 
short of Christ's glory. We need to confess before the Lord Jesus 
Christ. Peter told his people to repent and be baptized for the remis- 
sion of sins, and every one of you will be saved. Except we are 



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baptized, born of the water, we cannot see the kingdom of Heaven. 
Bro. Edward Johnson. Ephesians 3. Power. The Apostle Paul 
wanted to know the power of the resurrection. Having a form of 
godliness without power is no good; turn away from this. If the power 
of God fails, we have nothing. God wants His power flowing through 
us. Watch the power of God in earthquakes, tornadoes, and the 
floods and rains. God shows us His power. God's power shows 
through the Church. Power of salvation was given us through Christ. 
How long will God tarry with us? Talking about the cross is the power 
of Christ. Jesus went to the Cross for our sins. This meant power to 
us. The power of Christ cleanses all sins. Humble ourselves and 
pray, and God will forgive our sins and heal the church and sins of 
the world. "Come out from among them, and be a separate people," 
saith the Lord. By grace ye are saved through faith. 

Bro. Robert Lehigh closed. The blood of Christ is what saves us 
and cleanses us from all sins. 

Tuesday Morning Worship. 

Bro. William Heisey. Nehemiah 1:4, 2:1, 4:12-14, 6:15-16. 
Nehemiah considered himself a servant of God. He prayed to God 
to get help to rebuild the walls around Jerusalem. Nehemiah had 
great concern to rebuild by the help of God. Nehemiah talked to the 
King and the people about rebuilding the walls. They put in big days 
on the walls. Nehemiah prayed continually while helping to build the 
walls around Jerusalem. 

Tuesday A.M. 

Bro. Gordon Jamison opened. I Cor. 13:15-17. We are here to 
build up our faith. We are thankful we can be here. We must abound 
in the work of the Lord. 

Bible Study: The Unrighteous Will Not Prosper. Psalms 3720- 
40. 

Bro. Dean Shaffer. Walking in Christ's Victory. 'This is my be- 
loved Son, in whom I am well pleased." Christ was tempted many 
times. Jesus Christ was a faithful witness for God. Jesus was an 
humble man who came to serve. The King of the universe came to 
heal and serve. He got His joy from doing God's will. Jesus, who 
went to the cross, said, "I have overcome the world." Jesus won 
victory over death. God gave Him the highest title that ever will be 



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given. Jesus is every thing to God. His humility and victory pleased 
God. We find it easy to complain, but we fail to go to God. Sin is ail 
about us. We fight against sin, but we cannot overcome the world. 
Some Christians give up hope of making a success. God's answer 
is to place us in the Holy Christ's care. God is rich in mercy with 
many blessings from Him. We have an enemy, Satan, who tries to 
keep us from the power of Christ and prayers. He would like to lure 
us into sins. We should be transformed to become like Christ. God 
can transform us. Shut the door on the Devil, so God can work in us. 
The Apostle Paul was a real Christian who followed Christ's teach- 
ings. We must be able to forgive. Unforgiveness is the open door to 
the Devil. Obey the teachings of Christ and be a faithful witness for 
God. He that overcomes will inherit a Heavenly Home. 

Bro. Jason Reed closed. Can people look at us and say we are 
following God's Holy Son, Christ? 

Tuesday RM. 

Bro. Dave Snyder opened. Watch speech from our mouth — what 
we say. Any bad thoughts against God by someone, forget them. 
Satan tries hard to deceive us. 

Mission ofTorreon. 

Bro. Paul Skiles. I Kings 18. An Indian lady came to the home of 
Paul Skiles to ask him to pray for her son. He had a damaged hand 
through an accident. Indian children would not be vaccinated for 
meningitis. They said they trusted God and did not need a vaccina- 
tion. A strong point of Navajo people is that they are very forgiving 
people. We can learn from Navajo Indian culture. Navajo's are con- 
tent with what they have. They are very peaceful people. The Navajo's 
are not good money managers. Navajos do not have a circular view 
of life. They are very superstitious. Remember Irene in prayer. She 
is a very nice Indian lady, but she is living in sin. Pray for Allen, an 
Indian boy who is trying hard to be a Christian. One of our Indian 
ladies, very sincere, wants our church to pray for her family. The 
Indian Mission works with the power of God through our church 
prayers. 

Bro. David Rice closed. Do all we can to live true to Christ. 
Tuesday Evening. 



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Bro. Bob Carpenter opened. Matthew 25:31 -40. Jesus said, "It's 
more blessed to give than to receive." Our great mission is to help 
those in need. 

Bro. Dale Jamison. I Cor. 5:17. Evangelism begins with how you 
are looking tonight. Look with compassion to the world. There are 
ways we can help our world. If you do not have Christ, you go to hell. 
Disobedience can come to Christian people. A fresh start comes to 
a person wanting to learn about Christ and the Father. Do we really 
believe in Missions? Missionaries are still wanted. We should share 
our faith in Christ with people of the world when possible. Recognize 
people who are in need of learning about Christ. 

Bro. Rudy Shaffer closed. What does it mean to us, a fresh start? 
What does salvation mean to you? 

Wednesday Morning Worship. 

Bro. Ray Stuber. Ecc. 12:1-3, Psalms 34:4-7. Our bodies be- 
come frail as we grow older. At old age, you might feel unwanted. 
You are needed to be here for the younger people. If our bodies are 
frail, there is hope when we can go to our Heavenly Home. "Let my 
soul look up with steadfast hope. 

Wednesday A.M. 

Bro. Edward Johnson opened. IIThess.2:1-2. Stand fast and be 
true to the faith. 

Sister Alice Heisey 

OF MAKING MANY BOOKS 

Ecclesiastes 12:2 

Often we look and see all the many hundreds of Christian peri- 
odicals: some good, some not so good. Though we are called to the 
work of writing, we sometimes think, "Why should I add my two cents 
to an already crowded avenue?" John said it well in the last verse of 
his gospel: "...I suppose that even the world itself could not contain 
the books that should be written." (About the doings of Jesus.) It is 
true that Jesus is still changing lives today, as He did back then, and 
these things should be brought forth. 

Yet, we often ask the question, "Why us?" We would not even be 



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asking this question if it were not for the many discouragements along 
the way. God's Word does not have preeminence in the world today. 
Many who should know better are rejecting the truth. Those who are 
walking in the light are becoming fewer and fewer. The Church is 
having difficulty keeping its children, let alone reaching out to those 
outside the number. 

Yet, all through the New Testament is stressed the spreading of 
the Gospel. At first the works and life of Jesus were spread orally. 
After a number of years the Gospels were set down in writing so that 
they could be spread even further. Not only were the original gos- 
pels, the Acts, the Epistles, and the Revelation set down in writing, 
but the early church fathers (approximately the first 300 years of the 
church) committed their experiences to print and filled twelve vol- 
umes, numbering thousands of pages. 

During the Dark Ages (from about 400 AD to 1 400 AD) the scrip- 
tures were suppressed by those wishing to keep the world in bond- 
age. In the late 1 400's the invention of the printing press and inroads 
in education caused the truth to flourish again. Again, the worid 
became a battleground of truth versus error. 

We are told today that we live in a New Age. We are told that 
man is basically good. We are also told that with education and 
indoctrination man can become a god. These errors need to be 
refuted. We as the blood-bought children of God need to proclaim 
the truth from the rooftops. May God help us to continue to publish 
the truth in the face of so much error, though we face weariness and 
discouragement. 

May we only seek to please the One who gave His life for us. 

Brother Lynn H. Miller 
70 Round Barn Road 
Newmanstown, PA 17073 

SIXTYYEARS AGO 

October 15, 1937 
OUR DUTY 
L. W. Beery 

It is certain that if we have a bright hope of experiencing the 
fulfillment of the promises of the Holy Scriptures in our lives both 



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here and beyond the grave we should put forth what effort we can to 
attain that which is hoped for. The promises that are given us are 
given with the understanding that there are certain terms which must 
be complied with by those who would receive them. This being the 
case we should earnestly strive to measure up to those requirements 
else we cannot look forward with assurance and will come short of 
attaining the desired blessings. The Apostle Paul in writing to the 
Hebrews warns concerning this in these words: "Let us therefore 
fear, lest a promise being left us of entering into His rest, any of you 
should seem to come short of it. For unto us was the gospel preached, 
as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not 
being mixed with faith in them that heard it." (Heb. 4:12.) 

As an illustration Paul refers to the Israelites who failed to enter 
the promised land and calls attention to the fact that they were re- 
sponsible for failing to receive the promise that had been given. The 
reason he plainly states, "So we see that they could not enter in 
because of unbelief" (Heb. 3:19.) The Lord had revealed how they 
were to do in order to possess the land but the Israelites lacked 
sufficient faith in the word of God, failed to obey and thus were not 
permitted to enter the land which had been promised them. 

This appears to be the way so many people are doing under the 
dispensation in which we are living. There are many precious prom- 
ises given us in the word regarding salvation and immortal life be- 
yond the grave but the Lord has revealed to us in no uncertain terms 
the requirements on our part in order to receive these blessings. In 
the light of the lesson that Paul points out how foolish it is for any one 
to ignore the facts. Yet we hear on every hand men contending that 
there are non-essential teachings in the word. In fact this is the kind 
of doctrine that is favorably looked upon, received and taught by the 
majority who profess Christianity. As a result the commandments, 
statutes and ordinances of the New Testament— the requirements, 
have been cast aside until there are now but a few churches which 
make an effort to carry out the New Testament teachings in their 
primitive purity. It is not to be wondered at that there is so much 
confusion, unrest and dissatisfaction in the churches when the word 
of God has been supplanted by the reasonings and theories of men. 
When men lose faith in a matter they cease to put forth effort in that 
line. Thus when men lose faith in the scriptures they cease striving 



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to live as the scriptures teach. This is a sad state of affairs indeed. 
How can we hope to receive the blessings which the Holy Scriptures 
promise unless we comply with the requirements upon which the 
promises are based? 

Certainly there is no way of having any assurance except through 
faith and obedience. It is a way that brings results as is proved by 
the lives of many righteous men of whom we have record in the 
scriptures. Paul recognized this when he exhorted Timothy thus, 
Tight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou 
art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many 
witnesses." (I Tim. 6:12.) In this reference Paul indicates that it 
requires effort to live the Christian life and obtain eternal life. We 
must use our God given time, talents and energies in living a life of 
non-conformity to the world. After mentioning some of the things 
that lead men away from God, Paul says to Timothy, "But thou, O 
man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godli- 
ness, faith, love, patience, meekness." This is the path our Master 
trod, and certainly, if we ever expect to enter into the land of rest with 
Him, we must follow in His footsteps. Faith and obedience will make 
our hopes come true. This is our duty. Anything short of this will end 
in certain and everlasting ruin and disgrace. 

IS THERE ANY WORD FROM THE LORD? 

(Read Hebrews 6:1-9) 

Jeremiah 37:17-19, "Then Zedekiah the king sent, and took him 
out: and the king asked him secretly in his house, and said, Is there 
any word from the Lord? And Jeremiah said, There is: for, said he, 
thou shalt be delivered into the hand of the king of Babylon. More- 
over Jeremiah said unto king Zedekiah, What have I offended against 
thee, or against thy servants, or against this people, that ye have put 
me in prison? Where are now your prophets which prophesied unto 
you, saying, The king of Babylon shall not come against you, nor 
against this land?" 

The prophet Jeremiah soon found that it is not popular to stand 
for what God has said. Like our spiritual ancestors, it caused him to 
end up in prison. Like King Zedekiah, there are many who are ask- 
ing the question, "Is there any word from the Lord?" In America 



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there are multitudes of religious movements that are seeking to an- 
swer this question. The comparatively new inventions of radio and 
television have bombarded the populace with various views and opin- 
ions on what the word of the Lord is for today. The one element that 
seems to be growing in disfavor is the fact of God's judgment. 

The writer of the book of Hebrews in chapter six exhorts us to 
"go on to perfection" which, in this instance, has to do with finishing. 
He firmly instructs us that, first of all, God has established some 
basic truths that have to be settled in our mind once and for all. 
Many modern movements teach that there are no absolutes in the 
Word of God. They end up with a faith built on a weak foundation 
with the main beam being of inferior material and the supporting 
timber made of low grade lumber, like a poorly constructed house. 

The bedrock foundation of our faith must be the principles of the 
doctrine of Christ. We must believe that He is the Son of God as well 
as God the Son. We must accept and appropriate in our personal 
faith life all the attributes and spiritual truths of Jesus Christ. 

Next we must establish the foundation of repentance from dead 
works. There are those who teach that repentance is not a part of 
our salvation experience. Recent "language experts" have even come 
up with the ridiculous idea that repentance is not a biblical-word. We 
are instructed to repent from dead works. We have to have it settled 
in our mind that human works have nothing to do with gaining Heaven. 
Repentance is like the main beam in a house structure. 

Next we are instructed to have faith toward God. We must rec- 
ognize the true Triune God. We must avoid such errors as "God the 
Mother." 

Next we come to things that could be considered the support 
beams of the faith. "The doctrine of baptisms." There are two types 
of baptism mentioned in Holy Scripture, Spirit baptism and water 
baptism. Both of these have caused great discussion and confusion 
within the earthly church. Unlike the foundation, Jesus Christ, and 
the main beam, repentance and a correct understanding of the true 
God, we believe there can be some variation in understanding on 
those truths deemed to be supporting lumber without harming our 
salvation. However, this does not mean that these things should not 
be settled in our mind. We are persuaded that we should hold fast to 



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our understanding that Spirit baptism and water baptism are usually 
experienced at the same event and that trine immersion baptism is 
the correct mode. 

"And of laying on of hands." We believe this has to do with or- 
daining officials. We appreciate our Brethren understanding of re- 
spect for officials but refusing to place them in a position of authority 
beyond the Word of God. 

"...of resurrection of the dead." Modern day religion denies both 
the literal resurrection of Jesus Christ and a resurrection of the dead 
at the end of the age. 

"...and of eternal judgement." As we stated earlier, this teaching 
seems to be growing in disfavor. 

The Hebrew Christians spoken of in verses four to six in our 
study chapter rejected the work Christ had performed within them 
through the Holy Spirit. By doing so they faced the judgment of God 
with no possibility of repenting again. 

Let us be careful which "prophets" we give heed to. The truth is 
not always what we wish to hear. Is there a word from the Lord? Yes, 
and we must be willing to follow it or face God's judgment. 

Brother James M. Hite 
816 E. Birch St. 
Palmyra, PA 1 7078-2704 

REPORT-AFRICAN MISSION BOARD 

September 19, 1997 

"For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; 
Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge 
of the truth." I Timothy 2:3-4. 

Brethren Paul Stump and Rudy Shaffer are planning a visit to 
Kenya and Uganda in late September and early October. They will 
be working with the Church in Kenya. They will also be seeking a 
suitable location for Brother and Sister Verling Wolfe and Brother 
and Sister Timothy Scofield and Sons who will be going in Decem- 
ber, the Lord willing. 

Brother Paul and Brother Rudy plan to visit Brother Godfrey Kiiza 



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and Brother Peter Kisembo and the two churches they are minister- 
ing to, in Uganda. They also intend to check on the ninety-eight 
orphan children and their schooling. 

The sending of missionaries to Africa will require considerable 
sacrifice on the part of the missionaries, and prayerful, gracious and 
generous support from all of us in the United States of America. 
Read II Corinthians, chapters 8 and 9. "Thanks be unto God for his 
unspeakable gift." Let us be liberal stewards of the manifold grace of 
God that the lost in Africa may receive that GIFT. 

Brother Ray R. Reed, Sec. 

OBITUARY 

ROY J. SWIHART 

Bro. Roy J. Swihart, 95, Goshen, Indiana, died at 2:1 5 P.M. June 
18,1997 at Rosewood Terrace, Elkhart, Indiana. 

He was born March 20, 1902, in Goshen, Indiana to Clarence 
and Mary Ann (Miller) Swihart, On June 2, 1925, in Goshen, he 
married, Mary N. Long. She died November 13, 1993. 

He was chosen to the ministry of the Dunkard Brethren Church 
in 1937. He was ordained to the Eldership in 1947. He had worked 
at Goshen Churn and Ladder as a foreman and retired after thirty- 
five years of service. He had worked eight years with Hossick Bak- 
ery. 

Surviving are three daughters, Mary Alice (Mrs. Earchle) 
Beecham and Elsie (Mrs. Tom) Kauffman, both of Goshen, Indiana 
and Clara (Mrs. Bud) Hammon, Elkhart, Indiana; three sons, Norman 
C, New Paris, Indiana, William A., Middlebury, Indiana and Roger, 
Quinter, Kansas; fifteen grandchildren; twenty-one great-grandchil- 
dren; two great-great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Ben, 
Mishawaka, Indiana and Earl, Bristol, Indiana and Avon Park, Florida. 

He was preceded in death by a son, Robert W. who died January 
1 7, 1 979; three grandchildren, Cheryl Kauffman, Jerry Beecham and 
James Hammon; a sister Helen Stutsman and three brothers, Harry, 
Paul and Glen. 

Funeral services were held at the Yoder-Culp Funeral Home, 



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Goshen on Saturday, June 21,1997. A Grandson, Jason Swihart, 
made opening remarks before Brother Terry Gunderman opened the 
service. Elder Harley Flory preached the funeral sermon. Burial 
was in the West Goshen Cemetery. 

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ENGLEWOOD, OHIO 

The Englewood Congregation is looking forward to October 25, 
our set date for our Lovefeast Service. Services will begin at 1 1 :00 
A.M., Saturday and continue at 2:00 P.M. The evening service at 



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7:00 P.M. We welcome all who can join us. 

Zachary Rice, son of Bro. David and Sis. Bonnie Rice joined our 
pilgrim journey Heavenward by baptism. 

Sister Ruth Speicher, Cor. 

MECHANICSBURG, PENNSYLVANIA 

The Lord willing, the Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania Congrega- 
tion will hold a Revival Meeting from October 26 to November 2, 
1997. The evangelist will be Brother Edward Johnson. We will be 
meeting at the Mohler's Meetinghouse, which is situated along Rt. 
15. Turn north off the Rossmoyne Exit onto the Old Gettysburg Road. 
The meetinghouse is less than a half mile on the left. From the 
Simpson Ferry Road, turn south onto Wesley Drive and then turn 
west onto the Old Gettysburg Road until you see Mohler's on the left. 

We are trusting God that He will visit our meetings with bless- 
ings. Please come praying and bring others with you. 

Sister Ruth Miller, Cor. 

PINE RIDGE, MISSISSIPPI 

The Pine Ridge Congregation is looking forward to their Lovefeast 
weekend, November 1 5 and 1 6, 1 997. They would welcome all who 
could attend and worship with them. For further information please 
contact Bro. John Meyers, 560 Sellers Rd., Moselle, MS 39459. 
Telephone 601 -582-7730. 

PLEASANT RIDGE, OHIO 

The Pleasant Ridge Congregation is looking forward to their 
Lovefeast Service on November 8 and 9. Services will begin at 1 1 :00 
A.M. on Saturday. We welcome all to come and worship with us. 

Sister Marjorie Flory, Cor. 

QUINTER, KANSAS 

We, the Dunkard Brethren Church at Quinter, Kansas welcome 
Brother Bob Carpenter as our evangelist from October 26 to Novem- 



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ber 2, 1997. Our Communion Service will be held on Saturday 
evening, November 1 . We welcome all to join us as we worship and 
fellowship. 

Sister Beth Jamison, Cor. 

SWALLOW FALLS, MARYLAND 

The Swallow Falls Congregation just closed a nine day revival, 
August 23 through 31 with Bro. Ray Reed, of Dallas Center, Iowa as 
evangelist. He preached twelve Gospel filled sermons. While no 
converts joined our ranks at this time we still feel that much good has 
been done to strengthen our faith and keep us pressing on toward 
the mark of the high calling in Christ Jesus. The meetings were fairly 
well attended. We had visiting Brethren and Sisters from neighbor- 
ing congregations for our Lovefeast and Lord's Supper with twenty- 
one surrounding the Lord's table with our Elder Ray Stuber assisted 
by Elder Ray Reed officiating. One sister requested the anointing 
service which was also administered at this time by the Elders. 

To the writer the whole service was very meaningful. I believe it 
was to all present. It seems sometimes that the Lord can be closer 
to a few than to the many. Pray for Swallow Falls Church spiritually, 
physically and especially for our young people, that all will hold out 
faithful to the end. 

All Christians are facing trials that we have never faced before. 
We will need all the spiritual strength that we can get from the Lord 
and from one another on earth. 

Sister Ruth M. Snyder, Cor. 

THANKS TWICE 

First I want to thank the new writers to the Bible Monitor. We 
need you and it makes our church paper more interesting to have 
different writers, writing on different subjects and shedding more Bib- 
lical light on our everyday walk of life. Different writers bring out 
oftentimes the same scriptures in ways that appeal to different people 
more forcefully than another writer would. I am sure we have more 
capable writers out there in the harvest field that are letting their 
talents decay. Every born again child of God should be a missionary 



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to the lost Everyone is a watchman on the wall. Unless we witness 
to the stranger we may be held responsible by our Lord. Let us see 
how many stars we can get in our crowns. How many we will never 
know until we are rewarded our crowns. 

One of my favorite hymns is "Will There Be Any Stars In My 
Crown?" The most important need to go with our witnessing is to 
search ourselves daily seeking the Lord in our secret closet in Bible 
study and prayer that our lives and our actions abstain from all ap- 
pearance of evil and match the things we do, say, and write. I have 
found it a real pleasure to witness for Jesus and His Word. 

My second thank-you is to the readers of the Bible Monitor for 
the cards, letters, flowers, telephone calls and prayers while I spent 
nine weeks at Dr. Scott's Natural Hygienic Health Institute, 
Strongsville, Ohio. I appreciated every one. May God bless you for 
your thoughtfulness. A blood test gave me a quick warning that I 
was in danger of a stroke or heart attack, so I quickly went in order to 
prevent further trouble. I feel that a stitch in time saved nine. I am 
back at home now. 

Sister Ruth M. Snyder 

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS FOR 
NOVEMBER 1997 

November 2 - Desiring A Better Country - Hebrews 1 1:13-29. 

1 . How do God's promises to us extend beyond our physical 
lives? 

2. Explain why it is so important that faith precede our ac- 
tions? 

November 9 - The Power Of Faith - Hebrews 1 1 :30-40. 

1 . What can be accomplished WITHOUT faith? 

2. What can be accomplished WITH faith? Give examples. 

November 16 - The Author And Finisher Of Our Faith - Hebrews 
12:1-13. 

1 . How is Jesus the finisher of our faith? 

2. Why does the Lord chasten and scourge His children? 



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November 23 -THANKSGIVING - Philippians 4:1-23. 

1 . Why should thanksgiving be included with our prayers and 
supplications unto God? 

2. How is "Rejoice in the Lord alway" dependent upon a con- 
tinual attitude of thanksgiving? 

November 30 - Do Not Turn From Him That Speaketh From Heaven 
-Hebrews 12:14-29. 

1 . Why is holiness a requirement for seeing the Lord? 

2. What is a "Root of bitterness"? 

YOUNG PEOPLE'S SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS FOR 
NOVEMBER 1997 

November 2 - Watch Our Steps - II Cor. 5:7, Gal. 5:16, Eph. 4:1, I 
John 1:6-10. 

1 . What is the "vocation wherewith ye are called"? 

2. How can we "walk in the light"? 

November 9 - Which Way Are We Looking? - Matt. 7:13-14, Heb. 
12:1-6. 

1 . Why is it important to look toward our goal? 

2. To whom should we look? Why? 
November 16- Signs Of The Times - Matt. 24:1-31. 

1 . Why do many come in Christ's name? 

2. What are the "great signs and wonders" which the "false 
Christ's and false prophets... shall shew"? 

November 23 -THANKSGIVING - Deut. 8:1 0, Psalm 1 00:4, Col. 1:12, 
Col. 3:15, IThess.5:18. 

1 . Why is it so easy to forget to thank God when our stom- 
achs are full? 

2. How is it possible to "In everything give thanks"? 
November 30 -True Treasures- Matt. 6:19-21, Luke 6:45, 12:15-39. 

1 .What are the treasures we should be laying up in Heaven? 

2. How can you tell if the treasure is for yourself or for 
Tightness toward God? 



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VOL. LXXV 



NOVEMBER 1997 



NO. 19 



Tor the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Scriptural in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



OUR WATCHWORD: Go into all 
the world and preach the gospel. 



OUR AIM: Be it our aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 



WHEN ALL THY MERCIES 

When all thy mercies, O my God, 
My rising soul surveys, 
Transported with the view, I'm lost 
In wonder, love, and praise. 



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Unnumbered comforts to my soul 
Thy tender care bestowed, 
Before my infant heart could know 
From whom those comforts flowed. 

When worn with sickness, oft hast Thou 
With health renewed my face; 
And when in sins and sorrows bowed, 
Revived my soul with grace. 



Thro' every period of my life 
Thy goodness I'll pursue; 
And after death, in distant worlds, 
The glorious theme renew. 

-Joseph Addison 



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FORGETFULNESS 

It is a common assumption that it is the elderly who are forget- 
ful. We tend to forget how forgetful other age groups are also. How 
often will a child or young person say that they had forgotten to do 
some assigned task? Those entering upon adulthood will often 
become forgetful and distracted as they fall in love. People of more 
mature years are forgetful because of the press of business. 

Forgetfulness, probably, can not be completely cured. There 
are various techniques that may help to improve the memory. They 
may range from tying a string around the finger to some very so- 
phisticated, psychological techniques. 

Forgetfulness is a part of being human. It reminds us of our 
imperfections. No matter how good we may be or how good we 
may want to be, we are not perfect. Just when we think we might be 
pretty good, we forget something. Then we know we are not per- 
fect. 

We forget many things during a lifetime. We may mislay ob- 
jects. We may forget important dates. We may forget the identities 
of people we should remember. We may forget how to accomplish 
things that once were second nature to us. The list goes on of all 
that we may forget, at least, sometime during our lives. 

What we forget may cause us embarrassment. We may lose 
money and advancement because of our forgetfulness. We may 
cause extra work for ourselves or others because we forget. We 

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may forget how to do a task, so a job's completion is delayed. A 
forgotten appointment may affect our medical or financial well-be- 
ing. These are all important areas of our lives that may be affected 
by our forgetfulness. As important as these areas may be, they are 
not the most serious ways in which forgetfulness can affect our 
lives. We are prone to forget of God and all He has provided for us. 
This is a purpose of Thanksgiving Day. Although we are to be 
thankful at all times, this reminds us we do have much to be thank- 
ful for. As our daily lives go on, we are not as thankful as we should 
be. We become busy with the details of life and forget the over- 
whelming blessings from God. Without God and His goodness to- 
wards us, there would be no details of life that we could enjoy. All 
that we have and enjoy has come directly or indirectly from our 
Heavenly Father. 

Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday. George Washington 
called for a time of Thanksgiving during his presidency. Other Presi- 
dents called for the nation to offer thanks upon various special oc- 
casions over the years. Abraham Lincoln established the present 
custom of a President proclaiming a day of national thanksgiving 
year after year. It was during the darkest days of the Civil War that 
he issued his call for a day to offer thanks to God. 

The fact that it is a national holiday points out that even non- 
Christians have much to be thankful for. God does cause the rain 
and the sun to come down upon sinners as well as saints. Those 
who do not worship Him have received many blessings from His 
hands. Their health, strength and abilities come from Him. It is well 
that they can stop one day a year to think of their debt toward Him. 
It may not be the type of worship that He longs for from them, but it 
may cause them to think deeper about their dependence upon Him. 
In thinking upon that dependence upon Him, they may eventually 
desire to have a Spiritual relationship with Him. 

A Christian should not confine his thankfulness to one day or 
season of the year. The Christian, above all, has so much more to 
be thankful for. His thankfulness does not stop with material, tem- 
poral or physical blessings, although he does receive them in abun- 
dance. He should be even more thankful for the Spiritual blessings 
that are his. God has shown him a love beyond any love known in 



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this world. God gave His Only Son as the gift of His love. He has 
offered the opportunity to become a part of His family. He has 
offered His help and care throughout this earthly life. He provides 
opportunities for fellowship and worship that the unsaved can not 
comprehend nor enjoy. He offers His Holy Spirit as the guide and 
director of Christian lives. He has provided a Heavenly Home at 
the end of a Christian life here. He has provided all that is neces- 
sary for a human to receive, live and enjoy a Spiritual life eternally 
A God who can give as He has given deserves the thanks of all. 

The Apostle Paul warns Christians to not forget the giving of 
thanks. He says to give thanks always. As those who have re- 
ceived so much we should be in the forefront of those giving thanks. 

How is your memory? Do you remember to give thanks to God 
always? 

M.C.Cook 

THANKSGIVING 

Howard Surbey 

"And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned 
back, and with a loud voice glorified God, and fell down on his face 
at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan." Luke 17:15- 
1 6. One out of ten was thankful. Notice how sincere he was in his 
thankfulness: he turned back towards Jesus; he used a loud voice 
for he was not ashamed for others to know that he was thanking 
Jesus; he glorified God for he was sincere and had time to express 
his sincerity from the heart; he humbly fell down on his face before 
so great a being as Jesus. I wonder if ten percent of the professing 
men and women are really and truly thankful today? Notice I did 
not say the world but of those who wish to be recognized by Al- 
mighty God. 

"I behold, and lo, a great multitude, which no man could num- 
ber, of all nations, and kindreds, and people and tongues, stood 
before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes 
and palms in their hands; and cried with a loud voice, saying, Sal- 
vation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb. 
And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the 



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elders and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, 
and worshipped God, Saying, Amen: Blessing and glory, and wis- 
dom and thanksgiving, and honor, and power, and might, be unto 
our God for ever and ever. Amen." Rev. 7:9-12. Isn't this a wonder- 
ful scene? Would you like to be among the throng? Cannot you 
picture in your mind, how happy and appreciative this group is? Do 
you question that God will be well pleased with the group and that 
He will remember them? 

"Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own 
blood, and hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Fa- 
ther; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen." Rev. 
1 :6. We certainly should be thankful for so loving a Saviour who 
made so great a sacrifice for our every good. The heavenly host 
already began praising and worshipping Him at His birth. "And 
suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host 
praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth 
peace, good will toward men." Luke 2:13-14. Cannot we thank Him 
by using our talents to bring peace and goodwill upon the earth? 

"It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord, and to sing 
praise unto thy name, O most High to shew forth thy loving kind- 
ness in the morning, and thy faithfulness everynight." Psa. 92:1-2. 
Did you ever meditate upon how many things you have to be thank- 
ful for? So many very important things, which we often do not fully 
appreciate, until we do not have them any more. Having the Word 
of God, the Holy Bible, and the religious liberty to obey and teach it 
is perhaps the greatest thing we should be thankful for. Then fol- 
lows a long list of God's many, many provisions for our good. 

"Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with 
praise: be thankful unto him and bless his name." Psa. 100:4. When 
do we enter into His gates and into His courts? Is it only when we 
enter His house of worship? Is thanksgiving and praise on our 
hearts even then? As John looked into Heaven he saw the multi- 
tude praising and adoring Almighty God and the Lamb, Jesus Christ; 
how much should we adore and praise them while still here upon 
the earth? I wonder if we do not learn to be thankful for and appre- 
ciative of Heavenly things, here upon this earth how much we would 
enjoy Heaven even if we were to get there? So many things upon 



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this earth are not comforting and satisfying, might it be so because 
we do not realize their proper purpose and no not appreciate enough 
from whence all things come? 

"What shall I render unto the Lord for all his benefits toward 
me? I will take the cup of salvation, and call upon the name of the 
Lord. I will pay my vows unto the Lord now in the presence of all his 
people. I will offer to thee the sacrifice of thanksgiving and will call 
upon the name of the Lord" Psa. 116:12-14,17. Read this last 
quotation over again and meditate upon it a few moments, is this 
our sincere desire? If we will use our talents towards this end, it will 
bring us joy, happiness and satisfaction upon this earth and some 
day a home in heaven. 

Selected from November 15, 1955 Bible Monitor 

SIXTY YEARS AGO 

November 15, 1937 

THANKSGIVING AND THANKSLIVING 

Ida M. Helm 

"I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be 
in my mouth. My soul shall make her boast in the Lord: the humble 
shall hear thereof and be glad. O magnify the Lord with me, and let 
us exalt his name together." (Psalm 34:1-3.) 

"Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and suppli- 
cation with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God " 
(Phil. 4:6.) 

These scriptures utter a faith that can maintain thanksgiving in 
time of adversity and sorrow as in prosperity and gladness. At 
Philippi voices singing and praising God were heard in the jail, the 
voice came from the innermost prison. The other prisoners lis- 
tened and wondered, they had never heard the like before and ac- 
cording to the slow working of the law in those days likely some had 
been in there for years. Who could it be? These sufferers joyful 
and patient were witnesses for Christ. It was Paul and Silas with 
their feet in the stocks, their backs bleeding from the scourging that 
day. They made the prison walls ring with songs of praise to God. 
God was listening and his abiding power shook open the old prison 



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doors and unloosed the fetters that bound the captives. 

No earthly judge or jailer can stand before God's tribunal, and 
soon his persecuted messengers were sent on their way rejoicing 
and the jailer had made his peace with God. "He careth for you." "In 
everything give thanks." This may seem hard sometimes, but if we 
have our heart wholly set on God we can. God will have the whole 
heart or none of it. God does not give His people impossible things 
to do. 

In Nehemiah 12:31 we read of two great companies in Jerusa- 
lem who started near the temple. They moved in different direc- 
tions and gave thanks to God as they went, and eventually they met 
in the court of the Gentiles. They were consecrating the gates and 
wall of the city and giving thanks to God for being enabled to bring 
the work to completion. In the strength of God they had triumphed 
over every attempt of the enemy to stop the work, and the joy of 
Jerusalem was heard even afar off, and the surrounding nations 
saw and felt the power of God. 

Today we hear rumblings and see dark clouds arise, but if we 
trust implicitly in God we need not fear the threatenings. 

The United States has been richly blessed in 1937. There is 
plenty for everyone. God has not forgotten His created beings. It is 
well for us that He is long-suffering and kind. The flowers bloom, 
the birds sing, the cattle browsing on the rich pasturage. Cold days 
come and there is fuel at hand. Sunday morning comes and we 
may go up to the house of God and worship Him with no fears of 
being apprehended by civil authorities. God makes no mistakes in 
dealing with His children. We have a tendency to take things for 
granted. James 1 :7 tells us to forget not all his benefits, every bless- 
ing we enjoy is a gift from God. The true people of God of all ages 
have been thankful. Thanksgiving and praise honors God. When 
we realize that all blessings, both temporal and spiritual come from 
God, and when we realize our utter dependence on our Creator for 
everything we surely can not be other than thankful. 

"In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ 
Jesus concerning you." (I Thess. 5:18.) 

Thanksgiving Day is widely observed, but it has gotten to be a 



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day of general fun and feasting more than of religious worship. On 
every hand we see elaborate preparation for feasting, for fun and 
frolic. The spirit of luxurious indulgence seems to be rampant, crowd- 
ing out thoughts of the fact that God is sparing our lives for His glory 
and some day a just account will be required of us for the use to 
which we have put them. 

Many seem to think life is given to them to do with as they please. 
It is in mercy that God spares them. If God were to deal with them 
according to their daily living they would be cut off immediately. 

The proud Pharisee prayed that he was thankful that he was 
not like other people. He thought he was so much better than they. 
It was the humble Publican that smote his breast and said, "God be 
merciful to me a sinner," that received the commendation of God. 

In Rom. 1:21 St. Paul tells us about people that knowing God 
they glorify Him not as God, neither give thanks; but became vain in 
their reasonings, and their senseless heart was darkened, profess- 
ing themselves to be wise, they became fools, and changed the 
glory of the incorruptible God for the likeness of an image of cor- 
ruptible man, and of birds, and four-footed beasts and creeping 
things; wherefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to 
uncleanness that their bodies should be dishonored among them- 
selves. (Rom. 1:21-24.) 

These people knew God, but revolted from Him somehow, from 
God to self. We see it today, the tendency to question God's char- 
acter, His purpose, to doubt His existence. 

Someone has said, "Man has spent on these unworthy ways of 
thinking a great deal of weak and dull reasoning, and imbecile imagi- 
nation." It leads farther and farther from God in unbelief and 
unthankfulness. "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom." 

There is a thanksgiving that is narrowed down to self-satisfac- 
tion. They are glad that they have been peculiarly favored and they 
never stop to think of the trials and adversities that have come to 
others. Others look out over the country side and see the suffering 
and need in many homes and make glad hearts with their giving. 
Thanksgiving and thanksliving send up praise to God. This is real, 
true thanksgiving. 



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ARE WE THANKFUL 

Are we being fair, I wonder, 

With our Savior and our Lord? 
Do we call upon Him often as He 

Bids us in His Word? 
Do we ever kneel before Him in 

The stillness of the night, 
Giving thanks when through some 

Trial He has guided us alright? 

We may pray to Him at dawning 

For a day of love and peace. 
Living through the sunny hours 

When our troubles seem to cease. 
Do we kneel again at evening when 

The day spent and done 
And recount these hours to Him 

Giving thanks for every one? 

If we prayed to Him at evening for 

A night of quiet rest, 
Did we thank Him in the morning 

When He granted our request? 
If we asked of Him some folly in 

A prayer we thought was just 
Did we come when He denied it 

And repledge to Him our trust? 

Though He knows our every action, 

Thoughtlessness can grieve Him, too, 
Let Him share our joys and sorrows 

As a Friend has right to do. 
Let us never be so busy nor so 

Weary of the Way 
That we cannot pause to thank Him 

For the Blessings of today. 

Selected by Sister Lisa Musselman 



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WHAT KIND OF A CHURCH MEMBER ARE YOU? 

Author Unknown 

1. There are the "Iceberg Members" chilly and unresponsive. 
Some of them can make the pastor's passion for his sermon drop 
15 degrees during the opening song! 

2. There are the "Martha Members." They show more interest in 
a church dinner than the spiritual food from the pulpit. They are 
more interested in the linens, silverware and dining room than in 
sitting at the feet of Jesus. 

3. There are the "Church Tramps," an undependable lot. They 
visit their church occasionally, but when it comes time to share in 
the labor, they are not to be found. However, a church supper, an 
entertaining speaker or a gifted soloist may bring them out. 

4. There are the "Brick Throwers," who find fault with anything 
they have not been consulted about. They are the gossips, the 
spirit-dampeners for any new project brought in by the leaders. They 
are the publicity agents for the church's faults and failures. 

5. There are the "Weather Vain Members." They change posi- 
tions at every wind of doctrine. They have no convictions, no set of 
working principles. They are the compromisers, "ever learning and 
never able to come to the knowledge of the truth" (II Timothy 3:7). 

6. There are the "Cooperative Members." They have zeal and 
are willing to try anything, but they have not been trained to do 
anything. They are good runners, but they have no message to 
convey. 

7. Then, there are the "Spiritual Members" — true, genuine, un- 
assuming Christians, who work lovingly and efficiently wherever 
they may fit in. They gladly accept any appointment. They expect 
that the Lord will give them the wisdom and ability to perform it 
acceptably. 

Happy is the church where these last are in the ruling majority. 

Selected by Brother Dean and Sister Anna Lee Flora 



Wheat must fall under the grinder before it can rise as bread. 



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THE SACRIFICE OF CAIN 

I was recently asked why Cain's offering "of the fruit of the ground" 
was not acceptable to God as a sacrifice as recorded in Genesis 
chapter 4. Some have theorized that it was not accepted because 
the ground was cursed. This is a plausible position, but later when 
God establishes the worship of Himself among the Jews He com- 
mands and fully accepts grain and first fruit offerings. This theory 
about Cain's offering makes God inconsistent with Himself and de- 
mands violence to the scriptures to rationalize it. 

Another theory says that the earth belongs to Satan and thus 
for God to accept the fruit of the ground is to accept an offering from 
Satan. First the Jewish temple worship mentioned above argues 
against this theory. Second, the earth does not belong to Satan. 
The earth is a very good creation of God. (Genesis 1) The earth 
shows forth the eternal power and Godhead of God. (Romans 1 :20) 
It is God who controls the ultimate destiny of the earth. (II Peter 
3:10-1 1) The idea that Satan owns the earth may come from pas- 
sages such as Matthew 4:8-9 (and related verses in other gospels) 
where Satan offers Jesus all the kingdoms of the earth. Satan only 
controls the kingdoms through the bondage of sin and the fear of 
death. Kingdoms are different than the creation itself. 

The idea may come from passages such as John 12:31 , 14:30 
and 16:1 1 where Satan is called the prince of this world. This does 
not make him owner of the creation, but it does credit him with 
power in the world. Scripture names him specifically as "the prince 
of the air working in the children of disobedience." (Ephesians 2:2) 
Satan is as much "of this world" as we are. God, however, is seen 
in and beyond creation itself. (Romans 1 :20) The only thing Satan 
has created or is the "father of", and therefore can claim ownership 
of, is lies. (John 8:44) Therefore Cain's sacrifice has nothing to do 
with Satan being in control of the earth. 

To understand why Cain's offering is not acceptable to God we 
must not ask what Cain is sacrificing as much as why Cain (and 
Abel) are making a sacrifice at all? 

Genesis 4:3-5a reads: "And in the process of time it came to 
pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto 
the Lord. And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and 



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of the fat there of. And the Lord had respect unto Abel and to his 
offering: But to Cain and to his offering he had not respect." 

Why do Cain and Abel bring an offering as grown men? I be- 
lieve it is because Adam and Eve instructed them in how to worship 
God as any good parent should. To understand this we must go 
back to the Fall after which God clothes Adam and Eve with animal 
skins. Genesis 3:21 , "Unto Adam also and to his wife did the Lord 
God make coats of skins and clothed them." God did not magically 
produce these skins out of the air or some heavenly wardrobe. God 
killed a minimum of one animal so Adam and Eve could live. 

God had said in Genesis 2:18 that Adam would surely die if he 
ate of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Critics of the 
Bible say that this would not happen so God must have told a lie. 
Many Christians spiritualize the death and point to the book of Ro- 
mans where we are told that through Adam death passed unto all 
men. Certainly Adam and Eve suffered the death of relationship to 
God, to each other, to the earth, to the garden — the list of losses 
goes on and on. What is missed is that on that day, something did 
die. It was the animals who gave their skins for Adam and Eve. 
God in His great love and mercy killed an animal (maybe two) for 
Adam and Eve's sin — instead of Adam and Eve. We are not told 
what kind of animal, but more than likely it was a lamb — the most 
harmless of animals. What happened to the carcasses? I do not 
believe God would have left them to rot. On that day God probably 
instructed Adam and Eve in proper sacrifice and worship techniques. 
They probably worshipped like that for the rest of their lives. The 
traditions were passed on from generation to generation. It was 
from this start that cultures throughout the history of the earth have 
some concept of animal sacrifice in the worship of the gods. It 
explains why Noah knows how to sacrifice after the flood (Genesis 
8:20) and Abraham who comes from Ur or Balaam son of Beor. 
(Numbers 22-24) 

Years later — in the process of time — Adam and Eve's grown 
sons, with their own occupations, offer a sacrifice. Some theolo- 
gians believe this was at the east gate of the Garden of Eden where 
the Cherubim and a flaming sword "turned every way, to keep the 
way of the tree of life." (Genesis 3:24) Why do they sacrifice? Be- 



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cause Adam and Eve had taught their boys the meaning of wor- 
ship. Why is Abel's accepted? Because the lamb was acceptable 
— possibly the only acceptable offering — to God. 

Cain, on the other hand, ignores the directives of God and wor- 
ships in self-will, pride and meaningless ritual. Cain disobeys his 
parent's teachings — a sin punishable by death in the Old Testa- 
ment. (Exodus 21 :17, Leviticus 20:9, Deuteronomy 27:16) and listed 
as a sin that keeps people from Heaven in the New Testament (Ro- 
mans 1 :28-32 specifically verse 30, 1 1 Timothy 3:1-5 specifically verse 
2) Cain brings what HE wants to bring to God and not what God 
has asked for. He performs the ritual of sacrifice, but is not really in 
a mode of worship. 

God's question to Cain in Genesis 4:7, "If thou doest well, shalt 
thou not be accepted?" indicates that Cain knows what doing well 
is. If he did not know the proper way to sacrifice he could not do 
well. The bottom line is, that Cain does not want to do well. He is in 
rebellion against God. God speaks to Cain's condition in 4:7 when 
He talks about sin lying at the door and wanting to rule over Abel. 
The murder of Abel proves the condition of Cain's heart just as the 
sacrifice does. 

Cain's sin of sacrificing in self-will, pride and meaningless ritual 
may have been the first, but it certainly is not the last. In II Timothy 
3:1-5 mentioned above where disobedience to parents is listed as 
a sin the context is very significant. 

Verse one reads, "This know also, that in the last days perilous 
times shall come." Almost all Christians today, who are wise ac- 
cording to scripture, believe that we are in the last days. Verses 2- 
4 list the condition of the heart of men. The description is a very 
accurate account of the situation of modern day society. It is a 
revealing catalog worthy of study in itself — ending with 'lovers of 
pleasure more than lovers of God." (This is possibly a statement 
about Christians in the last day.) But verse 5 reads, "Having a form 
of godliness, but denying the power there of: from such turn away." 

The apostate church in whatever denomination, local congre- 
gation or individual life it plays out is guilty of Cain's sin. Those 
Christians dictate to God how they will worship, what is sin and 
what isn't, and will rationalize away scripture to tickle their own ears. 



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Often they place heavy emphasis on ritual over lifestyle, tradition or 
science over scripture, and formalism over piety. 

Even by us in the plain church Cain's sin can be committed. 
For example: when the "order" takes precedence over obedience, 
when the why-we've-always-done-it is no longer in conformity to 
scripture, when united appearance and formality of religion replaces 
the heart, soul, body, mind and strength being enjoined in the love 
of God and obedience to His commands being lived out in relation- 
ship to others. It is something to think about. Is our life a living 
sacrifice holy and acceptable unto God? (Romans 12:1) It is, after 
all, the only sacrifice acceptable to God now that Christ has be- 
come our sacrifice for sin. It is our reasonable service. It is the only 
way to worship. 

Brother Steven R. Kooistra 



THE EYES OF MAN 

I have already written of the eyes of God upon us, both for good 
and for ill. I will try to write of the eyes of men, both for good or for 
ill. 

Psalm 1 19:18, "Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold won- 
drous things out of thy law" God has given us a great and precious 
gift, in giving us eyes to see. But, there is more to seeing than the 
images that focus upon our brain, through our natural eyes. 

We may read the Bible regularly, and still not see wondrous 
things that are given to our view, except the Holy Spirit guides us. 

Satan promised Eve, that her eyes would be opened, and she 
would be as gods to know good and evil. He is a liar and the father 
of it. 

So today we must choose what we see. Either the wondrous 
things of God, or the deceitful wonders of an evil world. Psalm 
101 :3, "I will set no wicked thing before mine eyes: I hate the work 
of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me." 

Hebrews 12:2, "Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of 
our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, 
despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne 



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of God." This exhortation to keep our eyes upon Him is echoed in 

many other scriptures. 

The writer of Hebrews declares, "But we see Jesus" And 
Jeremiah says in chapter 29, verse 13, "And ye shall seek me and 
tind me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart." 

Job's great longing to seek God is expressed in chapter 231- 
1 0. And in chapter 1 9:25-27 expresses a firm belief that he would 
see God. "For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall 
stand at the latter day upon the earth: And though after my skin 
worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God- Whom I 
shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another 
though my reins be consumed within me." 

But when it was given to him to see God he saw also his own 
blemishes, and said, chapter 42:5-6, "I have heard of thee by the 
hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee. Wherefore I abhor 
myself, and repent in dust and ashes." 

We also have a great cloud of witnesses of things not seen bv 
the natural eye, but by the eye of faith. These give us encourage- 
ment to look to Jesus. 

If we profess to be followers of Christ we must remember that 
the eyes of the world are upon us. Jesus said, Matt 5-14-16 "Ye 
are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be' hid 
Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a 
candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house Let 
your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works 
and glorify your Father which is in heaven." 

Paul declared in Acts 1 3:47, "For so hath the Lord commanded 
us, saying I have set thee to be a light of the Gentiles, that thou 
shouldest be for salvation unto the ends of the earth." 

Phil. 2:15, "That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons 
of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse 
nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world." 

I Peter 2:11-12, "Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers 
and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul- 
Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas 
they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works 



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which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation." 
Can the world see Jesus in you? 
What is the gospel according to you? 

As we close this article a reminder that every eye shall see him. 
Rev. 1 :7, "Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see 
him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth 
shall wait because of him. Even so, Amen." And Rev. 6: 15-1 7, "And 
the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the 
chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every 
free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the moun- 
tains; And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us 
from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of 
the Lamb: For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be 
able to stand?" 

But it shall be a grand and glorious day for the faithful. I John 
3:2-3, "Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet 
appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, 
we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. And every man 
that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure " 

So let us continue to trust in him, and so live that we may al- 
ways sing: 

Face to face with Christ my Savior, 
Face to face what will it be? 
When with rapture I behold Him, 
Jesus Christ who died for me. 

Only faintly now I see Him, 
With the darkling veil between, 
But a blessed day is coming, 
When His glory shall be seen. 

What rejoicing in His presence, 
When are banished grief and pain; 
When the crooked ways are straightened, 
And the dark things shall be plain. 



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Face to face! O blissful moment! 
Face to face to see and know, 
Faith to face with my Redeemer, 
Jesus Christ who loves me so. 

Face to face I shall behold Him, 
Far beyond the starry sky; 
Face to face in all His glory, 
I shall see Him by and by! 

May we all be a part of that blessed host, is the prayer of your 
unworthy servant. 

Brother William Carpenter 

ASK GOD FOR GREATTHINGS 

Matthew 7:7, "Ask, and it shall be given you..." 

Children of God desire to please their Father in Heaven. An 
honest Christian will not ask for foolish things, but it is not wrong to 
ask for great things if in doing so we give honor and glory unto God. 
Jesus said in Matthew 21 :21-22, "Verily I say unto you, If ye have 
faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig 
tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, 
and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done. And all things, 
whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive." 

What a wonderful portion of scripture this is, and yet we do not 
believe it, perhaps because we never have seen it happen. Jesus 
healed all manner of diseases and caused people to rise from the 
dead. Very little of such is seen today. 

What did Jesus do that was of greatest importance? Simply, 
He regenerated sinful hearts and caused people to be Born from 
Above. Healing and raising people from the dead were only types 
and shadows of Spiritual healing, the Spiritual being more impor- 
tant than the physical. Yet He loves us and knows our daily 
struggles. Nothing is beyond Him or too hard for Him. It is not too 
difficult for God to heal us, but it is oftimes too difficult for us to 
believe we can be healed. Ask God for Great Things. 



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Can a mountain be moved and cast into the sea? If it is the will 
of Almighty God, yes, it can. If God can do it, and nothing is too 
hard for Him, why then do we not believe it? Ask, and it shall be 
given you. Often, as children, we did not ask our earthly father for 
certain things, knowing he could not afford them. But as Christians: 

Our Father is rich in houses and lands: 

He holdeth the wealth of the world in His hands! 

A tent or a cottage, why should I care: 

He's building a palace for me over there! 

It is impossible for us to conceive of the power and majesty of 
our Father in Heaven! If we read in the Revelation the description 
of Heaven we have to wonder if our small minds can understand 
even a tiny portion of it, yet high church theologians in all their robed 
majesty talk of Heaven as if it were nothing. Perhaps they do not 
know the author of the Bible. 

Our God built the Heavens and the earth in six days. He could 
have done it in six minutes or six seconds if He had wanted to, but 
He took a bit of time to admire His handiwork. Yet the learned "Holy 
man" of this day does not think God is capable of such a miracle. To 
him, God created these things through millions of years of evolu- 
tion. Someday the scholar will have to stand before God and ex- 
plain why he did not think God could make everything in six days or 
why the whale did not swallow Jonah, or why Moses did not part 
the Red Sea, or why Jesus did not rise from the grave. 

Ask for Great Things. Our God is great. We are His children. 
He loves us and wants us to glorify Him. Many ask for riches, but 
do riches glorify God? Jesus had no earthly home after He began 
His ministry, but every need was supplied. The taxes were paid 
and food was on the table. Do we ask Him to supply our needs or 
do we ask Him to supply our wants? Which is greater, that we have 
a big, beautiful house to live in or that we see our family or neigh- 
bors saved? We work hard for the big house, yet how much are we 
upon our knees for our family and friends? 

All things are possible with God. We can believe Him. We can 
trust in His Word. He said, do not be afraid to ask. Do we trust 
Him? 



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We must also remember that we must meet God's conditions. 
John 15:7 says, "If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye 
shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you." Not just any- 
one can ask God for Great Things. We must abide in Him. John 
14:23 says, "If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Fa- 
ther will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode 
with him." 

Truly, we have a Wonderful Saviour. He has provided all things 
for us. It is because of Jesus Christ that we can draw nigh unto the 
Father. We must not take these blessings for granted, but we must 
"draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith." (Hebrews 
10:22) 

Brother Lynn H. Miller 
70 Round Barn Road 
Newmanstown, PA 17078-9162 

A CHOICE OF GOOD AND EVIL 

Genesis 14:17-23, "And the king of Sodom went out to meet 
him after his return from the slaughter of Chedorlaomer, and of the 
kings that were with him, at the valley of Shaveh, which is the king's 
dale. And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: 
and he was the priest of the most high God. And he blessed him, 
and said, Blessed be Abram of the most high God, possessor of 
heaven and earth: And blessed be the most high God, which hath 
delivered thine enemies into thy hand. And he gave him tithes of 
all. And the king of Sodom said unto Abram, Give me the persons, 
and take the goods to thyself. And Abram said to the king of Sodom, 
I have lift up mine hand unto the Lord, the most high God, the pos- 
sessor of heaven and earth, That I will not take from a thread even 
to a shoelatchet, and that I will not take any thing that is thine, lest 
thou shouldest say, I have made Abram rich:" 

This account in Genesis along with the information pertaining 
to it found in the book of Hebrews 7:1-1 1 is a source of much con- 
troversy and speculation. Most of the discussion usually is con- 
cerned with trying to determine who Melchisedec was. There are 
five major opinions that have been offered by various Bible theolo- 



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gians and scholars. According to these, Melchisedec may have 
been an angel, The Holy Ghost, Jesus Christ Himself, (known as a 
theophany), Shem, the son of Noah or a Canaanite king. The latter 
choice is the one most favored by modern day commentators. 

While the discussion of who Melchisedec was is one of great 
interest, we believe a valuable lesson may be missed by ignoring 
the other individual who plays a prominent part in this account. This, 
of course, is the king of Sodom. Melchisedec, whoever he was, 
represents that which is good while the king of Sodom represents 
that which is evil. Abram, who was later Abraham, had to make a 
choice between the two and so do we. 

First of all, we find that Melchisedec "brought forth bread and 
wine." This was probably nourishment for the body of Abram. Our 
God has promised to supply our every need. But we are prone to 
use human effort and even less than godly methods to attain our 
bodily needs (many times greeds). When our finances get tight the 
first place many cut back is in their offerings to the Lord and helping 
those in need. We may be tempted to use unethical and question- 
able methods of attaining money or making it go further. We do not 
believe that the teaching that God wants all of His children to be 
rich is scriptural. In fact, the Bible warns against riches. When 
opportunity to increase our goods is offered let us examine our 
motives and if any compromise is involved. Let us say to evil as 
Abram said to the king of Sodom, "I will not take any thing that is 
thine, lest thou shouldest say, I have made Abram rich." 

Next we see that Melchizedec was the priest of the most high 
God. The king of Sodom can be seen as an example of humanism 
and false religion. We find that the king of Sodom had other kings 
with him while Melchizedec was all alone. It is not popular in many 
religious circles to say emphatically that Jesus Christ is the only 
way to Heaven and that the Holy Bible (preferably the King James 
version) is the only source of Truth. The king of Sodom entreated 
Abram to "Give me the persons, and take the goods to thyself." This 
reminds us of Satan's offer to the Lord Jesus Christ, "If thou there- 
fore wilt worship me, all shall be thine." When the offer to worship 
evil with a promise of personal gain comes our way let us answer 
even as our Lord answered Satan. "Get thee behind me, Satan: for 
it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt 



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thou worship" 

After Abram's encounter with Melchizedek he "gave him tithes 
of all." The hymn writer Elisha A. Hoffman asks the question, 

"Is your all on the altar of sacrifice laid? 

Your heart, does the Spirit control?" 

He then responds with the heavenly truth of, 

"You can only be blest and have peace and sweet rest, 

As you yield Him your body and soul " 

When the "king of Sodom" comes to us with an offer let us af- 
firm with Abram, "I have lift up mine hand unto the Lord " Let us 
choose good and not evil. 

Brother James M. Hite 
816 E. Birch St. 
Palmyra, PA 17078-2704 

THE BIBLE SPEAKS TO YOUTH 

"Suffering" 

Many Christians feel that suffering should not be a part of the 
life of a Christian. They feel they "deserve better" if they are going 
to be a follower of Christ. They do not seem to understand that it is 
part of the refining fire of life and that it may be necessary in order 
to understand the difference between earth and heaven. "To have 
suffered much is like knowing many languages: it gives the sufferer 
access to many more people!" 

From the dawn of creation, suffering has been a frustrating hu- 
man problem. It has many consequences, depending on our un- 
derstanding of it. Many people have turned completely away from 
God because of their own suffering or the suffering of others, They 
have denounced faith in God and divine providence. Some others 
have become cynical and some agnostic. Yet, others have become 
mellowed, sweetened and refined under suffering's white-hot heat. 

Suffering can not control us. Its control depends completely on 
our view of it. 

People are especially confused at the suffering of "good people." 



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These are people who have seemingly done nothing to "deserve" 
adversity and pain. They have never stolen anything, have not been 
unkind to anyone or knowingly trespassed on another person's rights. 
Yet they suffer with problems of perpetual heartaches and physical 
and emotional debilities. At the same time, others who are real 
culprits seem to thrive physically, financially, emotionally and so- 
cially. Is this justice from a loving and just God? 

The answer is not simple but there can be no question that we 
must keep our faith sharply whetted on an unswerving belief in God's 
absolute sovereignty and His understanding and care about our 
problems. God's purposes are often obscure. The most common 
reaction to suffering is, "What have I done to deserve this?" Unless 
we carefully read and fully believe God's Word, the Scripture says 
we can not answer these questions. 

A classic example of a man who had grave doubts about God's 
goodness, but who eventually emerged from his grueling trials with 
increased faith is Job. After his "Gethsemane" he said, "But he 
knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come 
forth as gold." 

Job learned, as most of us do, that there are faults, failures and 
evil tendencies which need to be subdued or eradicated. There are 
weaknesses which require great corrective measures if they are to 
be prevented from destroying us. 

God acts in our lives much like a flame thrower that is used to 
kill weeds. There are weeds in our lives that need to be destroyed 
so the fruit of the Spirit can grow. The heat takes care of the nox- 
ious weeds around the periphery of the field so the good crop can 
grow. 

When we have reached a certain stage of maturity will the heat 
be lessened or will it no longer be applied? Because we are hu- 
man, there will always be impurities in our lives and God will need 
to allow the weeds to be burned. He will never cease to extract a 
harvest of golden and ripe grain. He shows Himself mighty and 
faithful in all of this purification. 

Yet we have a great promise that He will not "suffer us to be 
tempted above that we are able to bear." This simply means that 
some people can stand a hotter fire than others. 



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If we did not believe God was able to safeguard our spiritual 
interests, could we ever accept Him as our Heavenly Father? If our 
lives are to bear fruit for His glory, we must be able to accept Job's 
philosophy: "He knows the way I take " That assures us He is never 
asleep, never disinterested. 

Before an athlete can successfully compete in a sport, he must 
undergo a long period of strenuous training. The conditioning pro- 
cess is difficult and sometimes painful. Yet, how many of us Chris- 
tians want God to make us great Christians without any training, 
hardships, blows or adversities? 

Effective training for something as important as the disciplined, 
Christian walk always involves hardships but this is essential. Be- 
cause of Adamic sin, there is going to be unpleasant experiences 
along the way. 

God is not cruel because He allows adversities. He allows the 
rough slag to be chiseled off our lives and we become useful and 
beautiful. 

God is our maker and molder. He has machined us perfectly. 
He has a design for us into which we cannot fit without a long and 
grueling process. And, when He is finished with us, we will fit ex- 
actly where we should be. He does not tell us ahead of time what 
our final task or purpose is, because we have to learn to totally trust 
and lean upon Him. As Job stated so profoundly, "He knows every 
detail of what is happening to me and when He has tried me, I shall 
come forth as pure gold." 

May God bless us as we are refined and become more fit for 
His use. 

Brother Len Wertz 

TIME 

Time changes things on this earth. When we were babies we 
were cute and cuddly. Everybody loved us. When we get old, wrin- 
kly and tottery, we feel we are in the way. 

I can remember the first airplane that flew over our community 
about the year 1918. I can remember when our mail man drove a 



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1 91 2 Ford roadster to bring our mail over muddy and snowy roads. 
Sometimes when the roadster could not make it through, the mail 
man would get out of the roadster, put the mail bag on his back and 
carry the mail to the houses. 

Today we have a good macadam road that we can travel the 
year around. Those were the days when children walked. I walked 
or ran two miles to the one-room, one-teacher school house for five 
years and received my seventh grade diploma. I learned to read, 
write, spell and many other subjects when my parents did not need 
me on the farm. I received much of my grade school education by 
lamplight at the dining room table after the work was done and the 
dishes were washed. 

Automobiles were scarce. My parents bought their first Ford 
touring car when I was twelve years old, the year I was through 
school. There were schools of higher education but they were not 
available to everyone so I did not get a high school education at 
that time. 

How times have changed for man. What we call time does not 
apply to God, because He is eternal — He lives on and on and on, a 
thousand years is as one day with Him. Since we are a part of His 
creation and He breathed into man's nostrils a part of His life and 
made man to serve Him forever, we too will live eternally. Even 
though our earthly life will be terminated in this world by an earthly 
death, the soul will be given a spirit body at the day of resurrection 
when all things are made new. 

This life time has been given us by God as a proving ground to 
try us whether we will be faithful to Him eternally. It has been given 
so we may use our earthly time for good or evil, to the glory of God 
or the glory of man and Satan. Time costs us nothing, and pays us 
nothing. That is determined as we rightly or wrongly use it. 

God gave man six thousand years of time. That six thousand 
years has almost marched by. What has man done with it? The 
first bad move was to let Satan in. He has been busy deceiving and 
controlling the world's inhabitants ever since, I am happy to read in 
the Bible of the godly men and women who did not let Satan rule in 
their lives. It also tells of people, like King David, who repented and 
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I am thankful for the few in our day who are still standing on 
Bible teachings of God's commandments. But many believe they 
can do their own thing and still be saved if they believe there is a 
Christ. When we love someone we try to please them and do nice 
things for them. So it is with Christ. If we really believe in Him and 
love Him, we will keep His commandments. If we do not keep His 
sayings He knows we do not deserve His blessings of salvation 
and eternal life in those mansions of gold and pearls that He has 
been preparing for us for hundreds of years. 

Time gives us opportunity to accrue money and valuables of 
this world. How are we using these valuables? To the honor and 
glory of God, or are we using them for our own pleasure in this 
world? It might be such things as expensive cars that take us to 
places of worldly amusements that are not to the honor and glory of 
God, but rather are the works of the devil. Maybe that pleasure is 
the television or VCR, so people can sit in idleness while they watch 
the filth of the world. Many deck themselves with pride which costs 
enormously at the beauty parlors (so called). The women have 
their hair cut, the men let their hair grow long, just the opposite of 
what God has told us in His Word. They hang jewelry on their necks, 
wrists, fingers and toe nails to go along with the almost nude garb 
many are wearing. 

Flee the danger, there is trouble ahead! How sad our Lord 
must be after being crucified on the cruel cross, shedding His life- 
blood for mankind of this world when He looks down and sees man 
spending their life work and effort for such trifles with which to serve 
Satan. 

It is no wonder that the time will soon come when our Lord's 
angel will announce that time shall be no more. The masses of 
people will find themselves outside the kingdom of God and be 
crying "Lord we did wonderful things in your name, we ate with the 
righteous, we prophesied, we cast out devils, and we healed the 
sick in your name, you should save us now," but He will answer 
them, "Depart from me I never knew you." Matt. 7:21 -24, Luke 1 3:25- 
26. What a disappointment when they find out they have been de- 
ceived. They will find that Heaven is a prepared place for a pre- 
pared people and they had not spent their time on earth as their 



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Lord had admonished them in His Word— the Bible. 

Read the BIBLE. Do what the BIBLE says. Spend your time, 
your talents, your blessings for the good of God's kingdom. In faith 
believing, with a heart's desire, they willingly obey and follow the 
Master all the way. Then we will have the wonderful feeling of being 
accepted of Him who will reward us for eternity. 

If we do not enjoy living and witnessing in all the ways we can 
here while we are in this world, during this dispensation, I do not 
believe we would enjoy the new earth or Heaven where all laws 
and acts will be according to the plans of God without Satanic pride 
or our worldly pleasures mixed in to entertain and destroy us. 

Which destination is your soul bound for today? Are we thor- 
oughly washed in the soul-cleansing-blood of the Lamb of God? 
Or are we just partially cleansed? We cannot serve two masters, 
we will hate the one and serve the other. Matt. 6:24, Luke 16:13. If 
any man love the world the love of the Father is not in him. I John 
2:15. What do we represent? Are we spotted with the world, and 
worldly doings, or are we happily going about our Lord's work look- 
ing and acting as He did as He went about His Father's work while 
He was on earth? Let us do our best to be like Him and let our light 
shine bright. If we cannot be a moon, then let's be a star. Then we 
will have peace with God, joy in our hearts and minds, and we can 
travel the remainder of life's journey rejoicing as we go, knowing 
that all will be well with us at the journey's end. Then we will begin 
an eternal life with our Redeemer and loved ones. Glory Hallelu- 
jah! 

Sister Ruth M. Snyder 

AFRICAN MISSION UPDATE REPORT 

We arrived in Kenya late Monday night, September 22, and 
stayed in Nairobi overnight in a motel. Tuesday we shopped for 
prices for a potential vehicle and then traveled to Kapenguria dis- 
trict, staying in Makutano. On Wednesday, we looked at five prop- 
erties in the area for potential mission residence, but finally con- 
cluded that we should rent rather than purchase at least until we 
are registered properly in the country. 



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Thursday, Friday and Saturday were spent traveling to and vis- 
iting the churches surrounding the Kapenguria area, Chepkorniswo, 
Kiptoi, Chesubet, Kaptalamuwa, and Ortum. Members from 
Sondany came to Ortum while we visited the church there. Chesubet 
was many miles in on a mountainous, narrow, dirt road. Ortum is 
located in a semi-arid setting similar to Torreon. Sondany is lo- 
cated on a mountain top, nearly 10,000 feet high. It can only be 
reached after a long, strenuous, six-hour, hike each way. 

On Sunday we had baptism. We baptized some from two of the 
congregations. Sunday evening, we surrounded the Lovefeast 
tables, for the first time in Kenya. Needless to say things were a bit 
different than they are at home. The tables consisted of three, small, 
card-table-sized tables. The rest of the tables consisted of benches 
placed end to end between two rows of chairs. Preparations were 
made and utensils were purchased for approximately sixty commu- 
nicants, but approximately eighty-seven crowded around the nar- 
row tables. 

The feet washing went slowly, as we tried to communicate that 
we should have four towels (each consisting of two towels sewn 
together). We ended up with two towels of two sewn together. One 
for each table. 

The meal consisted of a little bit of beef, rice with a thin Kenyan 
style soup broth, and chapatti, a common fried unleavened bread. 
Since there were insufficient utensils, a number shared the meal 
using their fingers for utensils (a common practice in the area). They 
lacked water to wash their hands after meal as would be their nor- 
mal practice. 

The sisters made communion bread for the first time, although 
without a proper recipe. Bro. Paul and I told them what we thought 
the ingredients consisted of. They made a trial run. The bread, 
while not like ours, was considered acceptable. Another, but larger, 
batch was made for Lovefeast. The loaves of bread were quite 
small, so they had to be rationed carefully in order to reach around 
for all the communicants. 

We had purchased five quarts of grape juice. We had instructed 
them that they were only to drink a small amount. We ended up 
with over four quarts that was not used. Communications?! 



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On Monday, we went to Uganda. Andrew, Hosea and their wives, 
and Frederick accompanied us to Kampala. Unfortunately, they did 
not have passports, so it took nearly three hours for them to obtain 
clearance to cross the border into Uganda. Fortunately, we had left 
early enough that we were not too late for our 3:00 P.M. appoint- 
ment in Uganda. 

We spent Monday afternoon, Tuesday and Wednesday, meet- 
ing with the various church groups, as well as hunting sponsored 
students and schools. Finding one's way, even if only several blocks 
away can be very frustrating. Addresses are often post office boxes, 
or a shared address of a public building, such as a church. Locat- 
ing anything specific becomes very time consuming and difficult. 
We were searching for one school. We had given up, seemingly 
getting nowhere close. But as we left, and began traveling down 
the road for the next item on our agenda, we happened to see the 
sign for the school, which no one seemed to know where it was 
located. 

Overall, we had a typical African trip. One moment we were 
glad and rejoicing that we were able to be there, and the next mo- 
ment wondering what we were accomplishing. As individuals and 
as a Church, we must be extremely cautious as we work with the 
Africans. While many appear to have great spiritual interests, many 
of them are but in reality wanting to build empires, gain a position, 
prestige, or simply to line their own pockets. 

Their culture is different from ours in many ways. African hon- 
esty is quite different from what we consider honesty. Corruption 
abounds in the government, as well as in everyday society. Unfor- 
tunately, these cultural aspects even affect the churches, even "those 
who would desire to work with you" in the work of the Lord. This, of 
course, on some occasions is for their own personal benefit. They 
have no qualms for asking for large amounts of money, for surely 
America is rich and can give them whatever they desire. 

In view of their culture, many things we see, hear and experi- 
ence, do not make sense to us, for things are truly different in Af- 
rica. Their sense of values, the cost of living, some commodities 
being very cheap, while others are extremely expensive. Discern- 
ing what is happening and interpreting what is being said, is vastly 



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different from things and happenings and experiences in America. 
In the midst of all of this, decisions need to be made, direction given, 
and men entrusted with the work of the Lord. How much we need 
the Lord's guidance, as well as someone there to better learn and 
know and interpret what is happening in Africa as we labor in the 
Lord's kingdom. 

Wednesday evening, we left for Entebbe, and began our jour- 
ney home. God blessed us with a safe trip, and we felt His leading 
along the way. While the results were not always what we desired, 
for we experienced many disappointments, just as we do at home, 
we rejoice in the accomplishments of the past year. 

Brother Rudy Shaffer 

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS FOR 
DECEMBER 1997 

December 7 - Jesus Christ; Eternally The Same - Hebrews 13:1- 
13. 

1 . Tor it is a good thing that the heart be established with 
grace; not with meats." Explain. 

2. How do we bear the reproach of Jesus Christ? 
December 14 - Seeking A City To Come - Hebrews 13:14-25. 

1 . What is "the sacrifice of praise" that we are to offer to God 
continually? 

2. With what sacrifices is God well pleased? 
December 21 - The Birth Of Christ - Luke 2:1-20. 

1 . Why was the Son of God born in a stable? 

2. Why were the shepherds chosen to receive the news of 
Christ's birth? 

December 28- Faithful In Temptations -James 1:1-16. 

1 . Why should we "count it all joy" when we fall into divers 
temptations? 

2. Explain the "perfect work" of patience. 



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YOUNG PEOPLE'S SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS FOR 
DECEMBER 1997 

December 7 - Fruit Bearing - John 1 5:1-8, Psalm 1 :3, Gal. 5:22-26. 

1 . What does the type of fruit tell us about the producer of 
the fruit? 

2. What fruit can man produce without Jesus Christ? 
December 14 -The Good Shepherd - John 10:1-16. 

1 . What are the purposes of the wall of the sheep fold? 

2. What are the purposes of the door of the sheep fold? 
December 21 - The Birth Of Christ - Luke 2:1-20. 

1 . Why are the shepherds given a sign for finding the new 
born Saviour? 

2. What caused the shepherds to go and tell others about 
the birth of the Christ child? 

December 28 - Memories - 1 Cor. 15:1-11, Eel. 12:1, IIThess.2:15- 
17. 

1 . Why is our ability to remember things so important to our 
Spiritual life? 

2. How can Satan wrongfully use our human memory against 
us? 




Sound does travel slower than light. The advice parents give to 
their eighteen year olds doesn't reach them until they are about 
forty years old. 

I set out to find a friend, but could not find one. I set out to be a 
friend and friends were every where. 



Proverbs 1 :10, "My son, if sinners entice you, do not give into 
them." 






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BIBLE MONITOR 



VOL. LXXV 



DECEMBER 1997 



NO. 20 



"For the faith once delivered unto the saints" 



OUR MOTTO: Scriptural in life and 
Scriptural in practice. 



OUR WATCHWORD: Go into all 
the world and preach the gospel. 



OUR AIM: Be it our aim to be more sanctified, more righteous, 
more holy, and more perfect through faith and obedience. 



ALL HAIL! HAPPY DAY 

All hail! happy day, When enrobed in our clay 
The Redeemer appeared upon earth; 
How can we refrain To unite in the strain, 
And to hail our Immanuel's birth! 

Ye angels of God, Sound his praises abroad, 
And acknowledge him JAH, the I AM. 
We also will join In a hymn so divine, 
Giving glory to God and the Lamb! 

O may the return Of this once blessed morn 
Be forever remembered with joy; 
Sweet accents of praise All our voices shall raise; 
Hallelujahs shall be our employ. 



Let echo prolong The harmonious song — 
Hallelujah again and again, 
He kindles the fire, Whom the nations desire, 
And to him we devote the glad strain. 

-Charles Wesley 



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ON A HILL FAR AWAY 

"On a hill far away" reminds us of "The Old Rugged Cross." 
Before that cross could have meaning there were shepherds tend- 
ing their sheep on the far-away hillside outside Bethlehem. Those 
shepherds were the recipients of the angels' message of "Peace on 
earth, Good will to men." Those two hills located only a few miles 
from each other illustrate the real message of God's love come 
down to man. 

The lowly shepherds were doing their common, everyday task 
of watching over their flocks that evening. Their quiet vigil was in- 
terrupted by the sudden appearance of the angels of Heaven. These 
angels brought forth a message that mankind had been looking 
forward to for many centuries. There had been many prophecies 
given since God had first made his promise in the Garden of Eden, 
before Adam and Eve were driven out because of their sin. In that 
perfect place which they had forfeited through disobedience, God 
told them that eventually there would come the one who would have 
dominion over Satan. Although Satan had been victorious in the 
Garden, he was ultimately doomed to failure. God would provide 
the means that Adam and Eve's descendants could overcome their 
sin. 

As God had provided the covering for their nakedness by slay- 
ing an animal, so He would provide their robes of righteousness 
through the slaying of His Son. There was the shedding of blood in 

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providing their physical clothing. There was the shedding of Jesus' 
blood to provide their Spiritual clothing. 

The message of the angels was one of peace. They announced 
the arrival of the Prince of Peace upon the Earth. He had been with 
the Father in Heaven. He had participated in the creation of this 
world. Now He would come to dwell for a generation upon that 
earth. He came with the intention of bringing peace between God 
and fallen man. 

Since the fall in the Garden, men had been separated from 
God. Their only hope was the Law of Moses. That law was the best 
available, but it was faulty. It was still the Grace of God that made it 
of value. The law could only point out sin. It contained sacrifices 
that ultimately looked forward to the sacrifice of Jesus. Only through 
Jesus could mankind have a relationship with God. He came to 
bring peace, but men spurned Him. 

God showed that He was willing to provide for the good of man- 
kind. This was His message of goodwill. He was more interested in 
the Spiritual well-being of mankind than they were. Men have many 
ideas about what would be for their good. Usually these ideas have 
been flawed. They have not taken into account what God would 
have men to do. 

The shepherds were invited to worship Him. These lowly shep- 
herds were given an opportunity, not given to the famous and pow- 
erful. It may have been nearly two years before King Herod learned 
that a greater king than himself was alive in his country. The shep- 
herds were associated with the care of their sheep. They would be 
seeing the one who would be the Good Shepherd. He spoke of the 
shepherd's care of his sheep. He also spoke of His care for the 
lowly, defenseless sheep. 

This event was announced on the hillside not far from Bethlehem. 
Approximately thirty-three years later that message would be ful- 
filled on another hill, just outside Jerusalem. Jesus would be cruci- 
fied, hanging between heaven and earth on the accursed tree. On 
Calvary His blood would flow as the cleanser for our sins. His blood 
would be more effective than all the animal blood sacrificed by men 
since the Garden of Eden. He was the perfect sacrifice. He was 
the Lamb without spot or blemish. He was the Son of God, not the 



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son of Joseph, therefore He was qualified to be that perfect sacri- 
fice. He was not just the Good Shepherd, but also the Lamb of God 
slain for man's sins. 

At this season of the year when much is said about the Babe 
born in Bethlehem, let us remember not only the message that was 
delivered to the Shepherds by the Heavenly Host. Let us remem- 
ber that other hill where that message was fulfilled. For no fault of 
His own, Jesus was sacrificed as God's Perfect sin offering. 

God accepted His sacrifice. This was shown in His resurrec- 
tion. Afterward He ascended to His rightful place at the Father's 
right hand in Heaven. There He awaits the time when He will come 
to Earth the second time. This time He will come in wrath and 
judgment. Those who would not accept what He offered at His first 
coming will face the terrible wrath of God. 

On one hillside the shepherds heard the message of God's gift 
to the human race. On the other hill, the terrible price was paid that 
God's will might be done. 

Have you profited by the events connected with those two hills? 

M.C.Cook 

A HEAVENLY BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENT 

Galatians 4:4-5, "But when the fulness of the time was come, 
God sent forth his Son, made of woman, made under the law, to 
redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the 
adoption of sons." 

Next to the obituary section of a newspaper, the most avidly 
read section is probably the birth announcements. Under normal 
circumstances there is no greater joy than the arrival of a new born 
baby. The joyful experience, however, is limited to the family in- 
volved and perhaps a few acquaintances. But the heavenly birth 
announcement recorded in the Holy Scriptures brought joy and hope 
to all the world. 

The announcement was first made to the virgin Mary, as re- 
corded in Luke 1 :26-27, "And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel 
was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, To a 



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virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of 
David; and the virgin's name was Mary." 

Though she could not comprehend the full reality of this event, 
her response was, "Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me 
according to thy word." In our present day the virgin Mary is both 
exalted to a position contrary to that taught in Holy Scriptures and 
debased to a woman of ill repute. Along with her cousin Elizabeth 
we can affirm, "Blessed art thou among women." But we must re- 
ject any attempt to make the virgin Mary a co-intercessor. Recent 
attempts to have her recognized as co-redeemer is no less than 
blasphemy. 

The second individual to receive the announcement was Jo- 
seph as recorded in Matthew 1 ; 18-20, "Now the birth of Jesus Christ 
was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Jo- 
seph, before they came together, she was found with child of the 
Holy Ghost. Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not 
willing to make her a publick example, was minded to put her away 
privily. But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of 
the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son 
of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is 
conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost." 

The Scriptures make it very clear that Joseph was not the fa- 
ther of Jesus Christ. To make it absolutely certain no such thought 
would be allowed Matthew 1 :25 reads, "And (Joseph) knew her not 
till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name 
Jesus." Joseph had to accept the birth announcement by faith. Like- 
wise we have to accept the record of Holy Scriptures by faith. Hu- 
man reasoning will result in doubt. 

The next to receive the heavenly birth announcement was prob- 
ably the shepherds as recorded in Luke 2:8-1 1 . "And there were in 
the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch 
over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon 
them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they 
were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, be- 
hold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. 
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is 
Christ the Lord." 



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There were also wise men who somehow learned of the birth of 
Christ. But the Scriptures are silent as to how this knowledge was 
actually acquired. Whether of the elite or the common folks, as 
most of us are, the heavenly birth announcement gave an assur- 
ance of the possibility of salvation for all. 

God announced the birth of His Son to the world many years 
before its happening through the Old Testament prophets. Two of 
the most familiar passages are Isaiah 7:14 and 9:6. Therefore the 
Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, 
and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel." "For unto us a 
child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be 
upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Coun- 
sellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace." 

We have presented to you a heavenly birth announcement. 
Unlike other birth announcements it has life changing possibilities. 
What will you do with this announcement? If you are already an 
adopted son or daughter will you share this life changing event with 
others? He was born a king. Is He king of your life? 

Brother James M. Hite 
816 E. Birch St. 
Palmyra, PA 17078-2704 

GOOD NEWS 

Howard Surbey 

"And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you 
good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you 
is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the 
Lord." Luke 2:11-12. Tidings mean: news, advice, information 
(Webster). News is something that people are anxious for, espe- 
cially if it is good news. It would be astonishing today to know the 
amount of money and time that is spent for news and even then 
much of it is not good news. However whether news is good or not, 
depends much upon the individual. In fact most of us are not able 
to determine what news is good and what is not. Actually it is often 
a question whether news, that we hear, is even true or not. 

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over-ruled Caesar. God not only rules the news but He rules the 
making of news, perhaps many, many years before it happens Years 
before our text God had declared through the prophets, that His 
Son should be born of a virgin, in the city of Bethlehem. Mary, who 
was chosen to be His mother, lived far north in Nazareth but God 
through the decree of Caesar, brought her to Bethlehem just at the 
right time. Caesar had only the need of revenue and the honor of 
knowing how many were his subjects, in mind when making his 
stern ruling. God realized how He could influence various individu- 
als to work so as to fulfill the many prophecies, which normally 
could never be all fulfilled at once; and thus deliver His Son to man- 
kind in such a way that He never could be mistaken for someone 
else, nor someone else for Him. 

Those who greatly desire God in their lives are the ones through 
whom God will work. God knows whether our heart is humble and 
submissive to His Will or not, and Mary was one such person Did 
you ever meditate over the fact that Heaven is more interested in 
the salvation of men than men are themselves. Man so often lacks 
faith in God and he will not allow God to rule his life. Man is so 
concerned with his own opinion of himself and his weak and carnal 
ideas, that he cannot recognize good tidings. Most of man's trials 
and troubles today come because he does not properly appreciate 
and use the good things, which God has made available unto him 
for every phase of life. 

Through man's disobedience a severe curse was pronounced 
upon men. Through man's obedience a cure has been sent not 
only for the Adamic curse but for all others. It is sad as man labors 
in life, that he does not remedy his shortcomings but gradually gets 
deeper in them. The only redemption the only cure, must come 
from a wiser, more understanding Power. Have you ever meditated 
upon the fact, that all man's higher accomplishments have come 
from the mighty hand of God. God has promised so much to man 
but usually man cannot wait and trust in God, until He sees fit to 
accomplish His purposes in man. God and man must work to- 
gether to accomplish God's holy and eternal plans. 

God sent, through His angel, good tidings of great joy to all 
people. A very, very small part of humanity accepted the tidings as 



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good and therefore very few received any joy from them. The shep- 
herds in the field, Mary the mother, Simeon and Anna in the temple, 
the wise Men in the east; all accepted the news which God sent 
and we feel they each received much joy from this news. The rela- 
tives of Elizabeth marveled at some of this good news, those who 
heard the shepherds story wondered at the things they told, many 
heard the great prophecies of Simeon and Anna; but each group 
paid little attention to what they heard. Herod and his rulers feared 
what affect it might have upon his power, so these glad tidings 
brought no joy to either of these groups. 

Do the good tidings of God bring similar responses in human 
beings today, even in this enlightening age? What percentage of 
humanity will even accept the New Testament, as delivered unto 
man by Christ and His apostles, as the truth? Of these, what per- 
centage will accept this truth as good tidings? Of these few, what 
percentage will accept its details as for them individually? Of these 
even, how few really receive great joy from them, do not many Chris- 
tian professors regard God's commandments as a burden and la- 
ment over the effort necessary to fulfill them? How many human 
beings feel they would be better off if God would leave them alone, 
to receive their joys from whence they wish? 

Man's lack of faith in God corrupts his mind so that he cannot 
recognize what is really good and what is not. The earth declares 
the glory of God and the firmament showeth His handiwork, but few 
receive much consolation and joy from it. Everything of God and 
about God pleases the true-hearted, for they know that all good 
things come from God and that He gives them everything that is for 
their good. The Saviour coming down to the earth and taking on 
the form of flesh, to teach man God's Will and to shed His blood for 
the forgiveness of man's sins, that he might again be reconciled in 
the mind of God, was the greatest gift of God to us. 

He was also the Prince of Peace and man will never realize 
peace upon the earth unless he lives as Christ and the apostles 
taught. Did you ever meditate over the fact, that the only years of 
peace which the Roman Empire enjoyed were the years when Christ 
was there upon the earth in the flesh? Can we expect peace of 
heart, peace in the home and peace among nations if the com- 
mandments of Christ are not carried out? Good will and the will to 



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do good are heavenly. God has these, do you and I? Today our 
best News is that which God still offers, to those who will trust and 
obey. Today man still accepts this good News of God similarly to 
the way they accepted it 2000 years ago; a few hear, believe and 
accept the teachings of the New Testament; some hear and won- 
der; ;some become antagonistic to God; but most of the people just 
continue in their own ways. 

Today the world and particularly Christian America, has set aside 
a day Christmas, to commemorate the birth of our Lord and God 
giving the Gift of His Son to humanity, as their Saviour. How much 
of the commemorations of this day is reserved for thanks, praise 
and homage to our Lord for His great sacrifice of coming down to 
this earth. What, you say "very little" among even Christian profes- 
sors? Is that the way a commemoration is held for the great men of 
our land? Do you believe that just as much as He is crowded out of 
our lives and our homes, His great joy will be crowded out? 

Selected from December 18, 1961 Bible Monitor 

CHRIST THE LORD HAS COME! 

Emily R. Moore 

The shepherds in the fields abiding, 

In faithful watch their flocks were keeping, 

Judea's hills were hushed and still; 
When from the realms of radiant glory, 
They heard the angels tell the story, 

Of "peace on earth, to men, good will." 

"Fear not," said they, "we bring you tidings, 
God's thought for man He is confiding, " 

The Saviour Christ is born tonight." 
All glory be to God in heaven, 
His love, His promise, now is proven, 

Now shines the everlasting light. 

With haste the shepherds sought the Stranger, 
In Bethlehem they found the manger, 



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And there with joy beheld their King. 
Then forth they came the message telling 
Of Love Divine with men now dwelling, - 

Let every heart His praises sing. 

To burdened souls of every nation, 
He came to bring His great salvation, 

We would His grace, His love acclaim; 
Hosanna in the highest, glory! 
As shepherds we would bear the story, 

Proclaim to all His wondrous name! 

Selected by Brother Galen Litfin 

SIXTY YEARS AGO 

December 15, 1937 

THE GLORY OF THE LORD 

L. W. Beery 

The season of the year is at hand when our thoughts turn to 
that great event many years ago which has meant so much to the 
human family; the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Chris- 
tian people commemorate this event with great joy realizing the 
manifold benefits of salvation which we experience as a result of 
the coming of the Christ to the earth. In spite of all the disturbances, 
uncertainties and evil conditions existing all about us in these per- 
ilous days, the knowledge that we have that Jesus, an atoning Sav- 
ior, was born into the world and fulfilled his mission perfectly, is a 
matter of great and lasting significance that brings joy and glad- 
ness into the heart of every faithful believer. 

It is a matter of interest to us to review each year the passages 
of scripture pertaining to this occasion. One event of interest which 
followed the birth of Jesus is recorded by Luke as follows: "And 
there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keep- 
ing watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord 
came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: 
and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, fear not: 



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for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all 
people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior 
which, s Christ the Lord." (Luke 2:8-11.) It would indeed have been 
a thrilling and inspiring experience for us if we could have been 
present and beheld this extraordinary manifestation of heavenly 
beings and to have heard the message of joy and hope from their 
lips Indeed, just to read the account and contemplate upon it is a 
matter of great satisfaction to us who are poor, tillers of the soil 
laborers— the common people in the world. 

Here we have the great God of the universe manifesting His 
heavenly hosts and revealing His glory to those lowly shepherds 
who doubtless were "waiting for the consolation of Israel" while the 
kings, princes and great men (in the estimation of the world) were 
in ignorance and not able to comprehend or believe in it. -Though 
the Lord be high, yet hath he respect, unto the lowly: but the proud 
he knoweth afar off." (p s . 138:6.) 

When the angels made their appearance we are told that the 
glory of the Lord shone round about them. Evidently there was a 
great shining light which illuminated the vicinity where the shep- 
herds were keeping their flocks. What this light was we do not 
know save that it was the "glory of the Lord." Doubtless the heav- 
ens opened and revealed a bit of the matchless brilliance of the 
heavens above where the great God of the universe reigns in all his 
splendor. Jesus revealed this glory when He was transfigured on 
he mountain top. "And His face did shine as the sun and His 
raiment was white as the light." (Matt. 17:2.) 

The angel that rolled the stone from the tomb of Jesus at the 
time of the resurrection also revealed this heavenly glory. "His coun- 
o?^ ^ 38 Hke h '9 htnln 9. and his raiment white as snow." (Matt 
28:3.) These glimpses of heavenly glory give some idea of the 
glorious splendor around the throne of God. 

We rejoice greatly this another Christmas morning that a Sav- 
ior was born into the world because if we are faithful to His teach- 
ings we shall some day see and partake of that glory in the city of 

our QaOd. 3 

Not only are we glad that Jesus came into the world but we 
rejoice that He is coming again to receive His faithful children home. 



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"So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto 
them that look for Him shall He appear the second time without sin 
unto salvation." (Heb. 9:28.) We should bear in mind continually 
that it takes preparation, watching and praying if we are to be ready 
to meet Him in His glory. He is coming "unto them that look for 
Him." May we strive to be as the lowly shepherds, believing and 
faithful, for the Lord is coming to earth again. "And He shall send 
His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather 
together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to 
the other." (Matt. 24:31 .) 

WHO GOES THERE? 

"Behold, I stand at the door, and knock; if any man hear my 
voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with 
him, and he with me..." Revelation 3:20. 

In the military when a soldier is doing sentry duty, if someone 
comes he is obliged to say, "Halt, who goes there?" The person 
must either have a pass signed by the commanding officer or else 
a good reason why he is there. Sometimes the person is expected, 
and the sentry alerted to the fact that someone is coming. At other 
times the intruder is someone very familiar to the sentry and so 
formalities can be done away with. 

The scriptures tell us that the law is a schoolmaster in order to 
bring us to God. When Jesus knocks at our heart's door and our 
heart has been prepared, the seed being sown and properly taking 
root in our heart, then Jesus is recognized and allowed to enter our 
heart. 

Growing up in the 1960's familiarized me with one of the most 
powerful teachings of that era: rebellion against authority, particu- 
larly God. God was effectively banned from the classroom at this 
time. Of course, what was happening in our government was only 
a reflection of what had been happening in homes and churches 
for many years, already. Sin had entered in and the teaching of 
scripture began to fade away. Today, when Jesus knocks, few people 
recognize Him, and He is mostly turned away. 

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We live in the Grace of God. We can be obedient to the working of 
the Spirit, as Paul was, or we can shun the Spirit until He stops 
calling. What a terrible time when He stops calling. Some will real- 
ize it; those who at one time followed after God. But there will be 
others so ignorant of the Spirit that when He departs they will not 
even realize it. Samson toyed with God so much that he did not 
even know that God had departed, and he was an esteemed Judge 
of Israel. 

Some asked Jesus about the Galileans that Pilate had killed in 
the very act of worship, and about those who died when the tower 
of Siloam fell. Were they worse sinners than anyone else? Jesus' 
answer is found in Luke 13:3 and 5, "I tell you, Nay: but, except ye 
repent, ye shall all likewise perish." 

Jesus has given us a wonderful opportunity in being able to 
enter in and sup with Him. But many will not, and many shall seek 
to enter in but shall not be able. (Luke 13:24) As parents we must 
teach our children so that when Jesus knocks, they will be able to 
answer correctly. Would to God we would have a burden, not only 
for the souls of our children, but for others, even our worst enemies. 

Brother Lynn H. Miller 
70 Round Barn Road 
Newmanstown, PA 17073 

THEVOICEOFTHELORD 

Read Psalm 29 

Genesis 1 :1 , "In the beginning God created the heaven and the 
earth." 

Genesis 1:2, " And the earth was without form, and void; and 
darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God 
moved upon the face of the waters." 

Genesis 1 :3, "And GOD SAID, Let there be light: and there was 
light." 

Genesis 1 :6, "And GOD SAID, Let there be a firmament in the 
midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters." 
Genesis 1 :9, "And GOD SAID, Let the waters under the heaven 



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be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: 
and it was so." 

We read also of the creation of man and woman. As we read 
on through the Bible we read of God speaking. GOD SAID. Giving 
man instruction in truth and righteousness. 

In Genesis three we read of Satan. He said also. We see the 
woman listening to Satan's lies leading to the fall of man because 
of disobeying God. God pronounced punishment upon Adam and 
Eve and upon the whole human race. 

God also, because He loved us, made a way to be reconciled to 
Him through our Lord Jesus Christ. 

Under the old law there were sacrifices of animals because of 
sins. When Jesus came He was the Holy Sacrifice, once and for 
all. 

Hebrews 1:1-2, "God, who at sundry times and in divers man- 
ners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in 
these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed 
heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds." 

John 1:1, "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was 
with God, and the Word was God." 

John 1:14, "And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among 
us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the 
Father,) full of grace and truth." God speaks to us by His Son. 

John 17:3, "And this is life eternal, that they might know thee 
the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent." 

John 17:8, "For I have given unto them the words which thou 
gavest me; and they have received them, and have known surely 
that I came out from thee, and they have believed that thou didst 
send me." Jesus brought God's Word. 

Jesus had taken Peter, James and John upon the mountain, 
where Moses and Elias appeared with Him and He was transfig- 
ured. Luke 9:35, "And there came a voice out of the cloud, saying, 
This is my beloved Son: hear him." 

We can get further good advice from Jesus' mother at the mar- 
riage feast in John 2:5, "His mother saith unto the servants, What- 



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TJZZ he h saitf \ u " t0 y° u > d0 it-" Jesus is the Good Shepherd He 
said His sheep follow Him because they know His voice 

Are we His sheep? Do we know His voice? Satan is speakina 
-n so many ways today. The things we hear on the radio and read"n 
newspapers are surely the words of Satan. We can be very thank 
ul for the liberty that we have to have church schools and home 
schooling, so we might keep our children from these evils Surely 
we need to hear the words of Jesus, as he told His disciples 'Wateh 
and pray, that you enter not into temptation. 

May God's Word accomplish in our lives what He has sent it for 

May it draw us closer to Him. 



Your unworthy brother 
Brother Roy Meyers 



THE BIBLE SPEAKS TO YOUTH 

"Good Investments" 

In a book called, "Ride the Wild Horses," we read "Life is an 

Zsur^te^uZt 5 10 6XChan9e iS a bar ° meter that 
Considering the great sums we lavish on our bodies - bodies 
destined to return to the dust within a few short years - the futi ?tv 
of overemphasis on the external person is dramatically h.Xn ted 

Tal HisT if inite ' y W °, rShipS hiS b0dy - He ~ K every 
way. His life is a nerve shattering scramble for money to cloth it 

feed ,t, excite it and entertain it. Americans spend over 70 billion 

dollars on clothing and jewelry each year and more Z 17 bi ion 

dollars on alcoholic beverages. 

It is strange that we never seem to lack the means for the thinas 
we want the most. We can get resources to pay IbTpaCriX 
ourselves but when it comes to spiritual resources we do rS art 
quite as serious. In fact, many things that would help us In fttoaS 
of our lives are legally blocked today. 

r*. In TntT m ° ral recession > jt is im PO>-tant that we re-group and 
return to the moral precepts on which our nation was founded and 
<n wh,ch the Bible teaches. Instead of having "cash Zapy" we 



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need an injection of Spiritual renewal. 

The affluence of our land has also led to little or no respect for 
the rights and property of other people. We look to fulfill our desires 
at the expense of others far too often. 

Certainly we need to make a greater investment in the gospel 
and its teachings. We need to use as much of our income as pos- 
sible in supporting the work of the church and for the propagation 
of the gospel to others. 

Jesus did not condemn the rich young ruler for having money 
but He did condemn him for allowing his money to have him. He 
taught us to lay up our treasures in heaven. And, of course, one of 
the best ways to do this is to invest our earthly treasure in God's 
kingdom. A beautiful facet of the Christian life is that believers can 
make their money as immortal as themselves — if it is given freely 
and intelligently. 

Invest in personal evangelism. Put your hands to work in train- 
ing other Christians and give them the spiritual tools they require to 
serve the Lord effectively. Sacrifice, intercessory prayer, Christian 
example, purity of lifestyle and obedience all constitute the materi- 
als we can exchange for "riches we can't lose." 

Whatever God has loaned us to use here on earth, lets gain the 
ultimate interest by investing it in eternal ways. God has freely 
given to us. Now let us freely give! Invest with loving sacrifice and 
gratitude to the One who gives you the gift of life and life eternal. 

Brother Len Wertz 



MUM, PLEASE DON'T KILL ME 

Oh my Dear Mum! Oh, my Dear Mum! 

Hear my humble cries for mercy. 

Please lend me your ear, 

I am helpless, dishonoured, humiliated and rejected. 

Mum! Don't be so inhuman 

Put down your dagger and reason with me. 

Mum, I didn't plant myself into your life, you did. 
I thought you don't want me 



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I have the right to live 
Like everybody else. 
God has a purpose for my life 
Please don't kill me so I can accomplish that purpose, 
t Mum, you never chose to be born, 

But at least you were given a chance to live. 

My dear Dad, stop pretending, 

Putting a face of holier than thou 

You are equally responsible, 

For what Mum is about to do to me. 

You've rejected her because of me 

And you are forcing her to push me out of her life. 

Why did you help her to conceive me 

If you did not want me? 

Why can't you marry her 

If only for my sake? 

Grandparents, you are guilty too 

And forcing Mum to kill me, 

By sending her away, getting rid of her, 

Please, please, don't disown her, 

If Dad doesn't want her 

Provide safe hands for her 

So she won't kill me. 

Ignore the shame she has brought to your family 

If only for my sake 

Even if you've advised her 

And she has refused to listen 

Spare her 

So she won't kill me. 

You people 

Who call yourselves community. 

Why look at Mum as an outcast? 

Is she worse than you all? 

You've acted more wickedly 

And yet cause 

Nothing shows, your sin. 



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You condemn Mum and make her 
Push me out. Why? Why? 

Doctor! Doctor! Stop this! Stop this! 

Can't you hear my cries? 

My pains, my despair? 

You need only one minute to kill me 

Yet the money you get 

Will forever be cursed 

And your family - your wife - children 

And grandchildren 

Will live under a curse 

For all the lives you kill daily. 

Mum! 

Must I now die? 

That overdose irritates me. 

Please listen, Mum. 

You can never fathom 

What God wants me to do for you. 

Give me a chance to live. 

It will please my Creator 

And benefit you in future. 

Church people, ministers, Bishop, 

Give Mum a chance to repent 

And confess her sins 

And know Jesus as Lord and 

Savior 

For the kingdom of Heaven is 

At hand 

Most of you may be good 

And have never committed worse sins 

But if only for my sake 

Lead Mum to Christ. 

Oh Dear Mum! 

Don't you dare kill me! 



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God Bless you all. 

Brother James Musumba 
P.O. Box 61 6 
Kapenguria, Kenya (EA) 

WILL THERE BE A RAPTURE? 

[Editor's note: Many interpretations are possible for end-time 
events. That presented in this article is one possiblity.] 

Occasionally, I meet a person who does not believe that there 
will be a rapture of the saints who have lived according to God's 
will, before the great tribulation, when man and God's wrath will be 
poured out on this wicked world. The word, "rapture" is not in the 
King James Version of the Bible. 

However, the Old Testament is schoolmaster to the New Testa- 
ment. Gal. 3:24. The Old Testament is Christ concealed, and the 
New Testament is Christ revealed. The types and shadows in the 
Old Testament are revealed in the New Testament. 

What does the Bible give us about being caught away? Enoch 
was caught away because he walked with God many years and 
was found faithful and true. He was probably tried in many ways by 
Satan and his helpers, but was still faithful. The Lord took him that 
he was not found. 

Elijah, another great man and prophet of God who had diligently 
suffered and obeyed was also taken to Heaven alive in a chariot of 
fire. Neither man ever died. 

I have often wondered if they will be the two witnesses to the 
wicked spoken of by John the Revelator in Rev. 1 1 :3-12. The Bible 
says it is appointed unto man once to die and then the judgment. 
Heb. 9:27. But notice these two men were not new believers, but 
true and tried in every way before they were caught up, they walked 
with God. 

Now, where does this lead us in belief of a latter day catching 
away which man calls the rapture? What does the Bible tell us? 
The caught away ones will probably be in part the wise virgins of 
the parable of the virgins. They will be given white linen robes, 



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spotless and without wrinkle. They will have crowns on their heads 
and harps in their hands. They will go with Christ to the marriage 
supper of the Lamb of God at the end of this world, perhaps in 
number, the 144,000 who are seen and described with the Lamb in 
Rev. 14. 

in Revelation 16:15 and Matthew 24:43 it is written, "behold I 
come as a thief". Now a thief is most likely to come in the dark of 
night while men sleep. They take away the things they want which 
would indicate the catching away of the bride saints. The wise vir- 
gins in the parable were probably caught away, because after the 
foolish virgins had gotten their oil and came back, they were sur- 
prised that the wise virgins were gone. They had missed their op- 
portunity to go along, which would throw them into the great tribula- 
tion to be tried by God and Satan. After that, if they were found 
faithful, they would become servants in the kingdom of God and will 
serve at the great supper of King Jesus and His bride. Although the 
foolish virgins had walked with the wise virgins on earth, they will 
not be taken with this group even though they walked together. They, 
probably, had kept the church rules as far as the human eye could 
see, but their hearts were not pure and clean before God. In at 
least in some ways, they had appeared unto men to be followers of 
the Lamb, but were not acceptable unto Him. They had not proven 
true in all the trials Satan had put before them. Their priority was 
not to put God first or they would have carried more oil with them in 
case their lights would go out. Isa. 57:1 -2, The righteous perisheth, 
and no man layeth it to heart: and merciful men are taken away, 
none considering that the righteous is taken away from the evil to 
come. He shall enter into peace: they shall rest in their beds, each 
one walking in his uprightness " They shall enter into peace before 
that terrible day of the Lord comes upon the wicked. 

This will be a calling away, not a coming of Christ or a resurrec- 
tion. As He sent heavenly beings to take away Enoch and Elijah to 
escort them to Heaven so will the rapture be. All who teach that the 
rapture will cause all people who profess to be believers and follow- 
ers of Christ to be lifted off the face of the earth suddenly are mis- 
taken. This gathering will be very small in our age, when people 
omit the keeping of God's commandments and substitute man's 
ideas instead. They put many other things first rather than their 



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service to God. They will find themselves classed as foolish virgins. 
They will be left here to learn to serve God first. Very possibly they 
may have to give their lives to prove their late convictions. They will 
become servants in the kingdom of God rather than participants as 
the Bride of Christ. Those who have not taken the mark of the 
beast will be given the privilege of serving the tables at the wedding 
feast of the Heavenly King and Redeemer and His Bride. 

They did not have oil for their lamps when the wise virgins were 
called or raptured, but they went and bought it. Then their trials of 
proving to walk with God lay in their future on earth during the tribu- 
lation period to prove their steadfastness. As the servants in the 
kingdom of God, they might wear their own garments made white 
in the blood of the Lamb and with palms in their hands. Please 
read Rev. 7:9-17. 

Probably the catching away will be in a time of peace. Life will 
be going on as usual. Two men in one bed, one shall be taken, one 
shall be left; two women shall be grinding together; the one shall be 
taken the other left: two men shall be in the field; one shall be taken 
the other left. Luke 17:34-36, Matt. 24:40-41. 

I Cor. 15:51-52, I Thess. 4:16-17 would appear to be fulfilled 
when Christ comes from the Heavens with a shout and every eye 
shall see Him riding the white horse with His Bride also riding white 
horses at the rapture of the saved who are still alive on the earth 
and the resurrection of the righteous dead. Please read all of Rev. 
1 9. This is a scene all the world will witness. The sun will be dark- 
ened and the moon will not shine, but the Son of God will light the 
world with His appearance, that all living flesh and resurrected 
mankind will see. It will not be as a thief would come. 

Preachers are telling people that all the world will see the com- 
ing of Christ by the means of television, because it will be impos- 
sible for those on the dark side of the earth to see Him. Let me tell 
you He will not need man's television. How do I know? The Bible 
tells us in Matt. 4:1-11, Luke 4:5. In the second temptation of Christ 
by Satan, he took Christ up on a high mountain and showed Him all 
the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. Now if Satan has 
this much power (and he is the lesser power), how much more power 
would Christ have being the Son of God? I am sure Christ has the 



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power to show the people on Earth His advent from the glory of 
Heaven with His Bride. It is easily possible for the Son of God to 
make it possible. 

God does not need man, but man needs God. So let us get 
ready with a fresh supply of oil to meet Him. Let us keep His com- 
mandments and be prepared and watchful for every opportunity to 
be faithful witnesses to those about us. Man's six thousand years 
have almost elapsed. If God's mercy will extend beyond that we do 
not know, but we do know that we should be ready at all times. 

I doubt if the disappearance of the raptured saints will hardly 
cause a ripple in this pleasure seeking world, except for close fami- 
lies and friends. The sinful world will be in such an uproar they will 
not notice. Many will be taken by death before the rapture. How- 
ever Christ calls, if He calls today, would He find us ready? 

Sister Ruth M. Snyder 

REPORT - AFRICAN MISSION BOARD 

November 11, 1997 

"Yet have I made myself servant unto all, that I might gain the 
more." ! Cor. 9:19b. (The testimony of the Apostle Paul.) 

Brother and Sister Paul Stump and Brother and Sister Verling 
Wolf are scheduled to leave for Africa December 7. Brother and 
Sister Timothy Scofield with their two sons, Brother William and 
Brother Matthew have tickets to leave December 29. They will en- 
deavor to establish a location in Kenya from which we may be able 
to work with the groups of believers who have been baptized previ- 
ously, both in Uganda and in Kenya. The Scofields plan to stay 
indefinitely. Remember these dear ones in your prayers as they 
carry the Good News and the love of Jesus to the lost in Africa, and 
strengthen the Churches there. 

The following budget is tentatively proposed: $20,000 to set up 
headquarters, including transportation, communications and utili- 
ties; $1,700 monthly for operating costs; $3,000 building fund. 

We encourage your continuing generous support, and sincerely 
thank you for your past generosity, especially the regular contribu- 
tors. May God bless you as you help "gain the more." 



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Your servants for the Glory of God and the salvation of the lost. 

Brother Rudy Shaffer, Chairman 
Brother Mark Andrews, Treasurer 
Brother Ray Reed, Secretary 

THE INTRODUCTION OFTHE 
DUNKARD BRETHREN HISTORY BOOK PROJECT 

The Dunkard Brethren History Committee has been organized 
and commissioned to produce a book of Dunkard Brethren History 
by the seventy-fifth anniversary of the founding of the Dunkard Breth- 
ren Church, which is the year 2001 . 

To accomplish this momentous task, much work needs to be 
done by many people. There are two members of the Dunkard 
Brethren History Committee from each of the four Districts. They, 
along with two honorary members and an assistant editor, make up 
the committee. The members are as follows: 

First District: Robert Lehigh (Editor), Marlin Marks 

Second District: Harley Flory, Dennis St. John 

Third District: Ray Reed, Larry Andrews 

Fourth District: Milton Cook, Henry Walker 

Honorary Members: James Kegerreis, Rudy Cover 

Assistant Editor: Frank Reed 

We are envisioning the production of a book of approximately 
300 pages with lots of pictures, and of excellent quality. Some of 
you may be familiar with Don Fitzkee's book, Moving Toward the 
Mainstream, which we will use as a basic guide as to style. We 
have chosen to bind the book with a hard cover so that the book will 
be more enduring. 

HOW YOU CAN HELP! 

There are several ways in which you will be able to help. Not a 
lot of Dunkard Brethren History has been chronicled. Most of our 
history remains in the minds and hearts of our older members. 
Therefore it is urgent that we somehow translate this knowledge of 



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Dunkard Brethren History into a format that is widely available. 

To you who are older and have many memories, please begin 
writing your memories as they relate to the Dunkard Brethren Church 
and church life. If you are willing to impart some of the lessons you 
or others have learned in the past, you will be greatly assisting 
future generations. If you cannot write, or fell incapable of writing, 
then consider buying some cassette tapes, and put your thoughts 
and memories onto a tape with the assistance of a tape recorder. 

For those who are younger, a very effective way to help in this 
area is to interview your elderly parents and grandparents, church 
patriarchs, and so forth, who can still remember the issues and 
struggles our Denomination faced when it was young. They may 
need some prompting in order to accomplish this. A few appropri- 
ate questions can serve to stir up their memories! Take careful 
notes about what they say, paying particular attention to people's 
names, personalities, names of places, dates, and facts. Ask ap- 
propriate questions to draw them out! 

If writing just is not your thing, please take a tape recorder along 
and tape the interview, and then send the tape to the editor. The 
entire word-for-word conversation will probably not appear in this 
book, but much important information can be gleaned in this way, 
as well as the ability to confirm information gleaned from others. All 
the information will have to be confirmed and meticulously checked 
out. In order to have a reliable and trustworthy history, we will not 
be able to depend fully upon any one person's memory to validate 
important events, dates, and so forth. 

Some of you, your parents, or your grandparents, might have 
kept diaries or journals. It would be of particular interest for us to 
have copies of these entries when they pertain to life in the church 
or church-related activities. Of particular interest would be an ac- 
count of a Congregational Council Meeting, District Meeting, Gen- 
eral Conference, or an account of how people resolved their con- 
flicts. 

To those of you who no longer have any living relatives who are 
interested in the affairs of the Dunkard Brethren Church, you can 
impart a valuable gift to those who are interested in the Denomina- 
tion by "gifting" old pictures, District Minutes, General Conference 



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Minutes, church-related documents, Congregational Minutes, and 
letters from one official to another if they pertain to church matters. 
Why let this type of information languish in boxes in an attic where 
it will very likely be trashed someday, when you could sort through 
it now, and give these types of materials to the Dunkard Brethren 
History Committee? (Families who are active and interested in the 
Dunkard Brethren Church should continue to keep such documents 
in a safe place.) 

Now is the time to begin writing or tape recording your memo- 
ries about persons and events you remember from the Dunkard 
Brethren past. 

INFORMATION ABOUT PICTURES 
Concerning pictures — it's time to get the old shoe boxes out 
and begin sorting! There will be a need to carefully evaluate and 
establish an order of priority concerning the use of pictures. Pic- 
tures of people that are clear and in which they are easily recogniz- 
able will be top priority. Dunkard Brethren people were involved in 
many different types of activities, and we will want pictures repre- 
sentative of this. Buildings where Dunkard Brethren worshipped 
are important to our project. Some meetings were held in barns, in 
school houses, and in people's homes. 

Next to the importance of the subject matter on the photographs, 
pictures which are clear and in good condition (not wrinkled, and 
have no tape on them) will be given first priority. If the pictures were 
taped into an album and the tape was only on the corners, it really 
will not matter too much. Sometimes a picture will be cracked from 
being folded. We will be able to use these only if they show some- 
thing (or someone) of importance and to which (or to whom) we 
have no other access. 

Pictures must be clearly labeled as to who is on the picture - in 
order that we can accurately identify each person, the place the 
picture was taken, the name of the meeting house (if one appears 
in the photo), or whose home it was, and the year the picture was 
taken. Do not write on the face of the picture. You can write very 
lightly and carefully with pencil on the back of the photograph. It 
would be best to write a number in the upper corner on the back of 
the photograph, then write the same number on a piece of paper, 



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and describe the picture (names of all the people on the photo- 
graph in the order they are standing or sitting, the place it was taken, 
and the approximate date it was taken). If you do not know the date 
it was taken, let us know your best guess, but be sure you tell us 
that you are guessing. We need to correctly define which dates are 
exact known dates, and which are approximate dates. Be sure to 
write down the name of the person who submitted the photograph, 
and their current address and phone number (in case there are any 
questions). 

In some cases, your parents or grandparents may have already 
passed on, leaving you with a shoe box or album full of pictures, 
and you haven't a clue as to what is on them. In this case, we may 
be able to help. If you cannot identify what is on your photographs, 
do not let that keep you from submitting them. We have some ex- 
perts on our committee who can inform "us youngsters" where the 
pictures were taken, who is on them, and the approximate dates 
they were taken. So please do not let the inability to do this keep 
you from submitting your valuable photographs. 

The best way to submit the pictures will be if you can hand 
deliver them to the nearest member of the History Committee at a 
revival meeting, love feast, district meeting, or other special occa- 
sion. Sometimes, they will be right in your own congregation! If 
you do need to mail the photographs, use some cardboard between 
the pictures and the envelope to protect them from postmarking as 
they travel through the marvelous machinery of the US Postal Ser- 
vice. 

For the purposes of this project, we will assume you want your 
photographs returned. If you wish them to become the property of 
the Dunkard Brethren History Committee, please clearly let us know. 
The pictures which we determine to be suitable for our purposes 
will be copied, and the originals then returned to you (unless you 
specifically direct otherwise). You can be assured that we will exer- 
cise due diligence to insure the preservation of your piece of Dunkard 
Brethren History. 

So pick out the best of your photographs, identify them, and 
give them to your District Representatives of the History Commit- 
tee. We will give top priority to pictures where the people and places, 



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as well as the year taken, are clearly identified. 

CONCLUSION 

When you have material to submit to the Dunkard Brethren His- 
tory Committee, please forward it to the nearest committee mem- 
ber. They will then review it, and convey the appropriate material to 
the editor. Please clearly identify to whom the material belongs. 
We need to know who submitted the material (name, current ad- 
dress, and phone number), who wrote it, and whether you want it 
back. If you wish the Dunkard Brethren History Committee to keep 
it, please state that clearly in a cover letter. Otherwise, we will as- 
sume you want it returned. 

All of us on the committee are working on this project entirely 
on our spare time. You can be assured that each of the members of 
the History Committee already had a very heavy schedule before 
this responsibility was added to our agendas. So if you do not hear 
from us for a while, or your photographs are not returned promptly, 
please be patient. 

Even though 300 pages may seem like a lot of room for mate- 
rial, we will of necessity be limiting our articles about people to 
those who were "movers and shakers." A lot of the data, facts, and 
statistics can be shown in charts and tables, leaving more room for 
narratives. I anticipate that many anecdotes of events among the 
life of the Dunkard Brethren people will work their way into this 
volume. 

One of the features that made Donald Durnbaugh's book on 
Brethren History stand out was that he reported the facts as he 
found them in his research. That will be our primary objective — 
not attempting to "color" our history either rosy or gray, but simply 
tell it as it was. We will let the truth be known with the hope that 
future generations will be able to learn from our mistakes, and to 
profit from the lessons we have learned. 

I believe this project will be exciting, and envision it to be an in- 
depth look at who the Dunkard Brethren have been, and what makes 
us tick! Hopefully, this project will help us to better chart our course 
for the future! 

On behalf of the History Committee, I will sincerely appreciate 



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all the help you can give us! 

Respectfully Submitted, 
Brother Robert S. Lehigh, Editor 

NEWS ITEMS 

REMINDER 

The subscription price of the Bible Monitor will be $5.00 a year 
as of January 1 , 1998. This new rate was established by the Publi- 
cation Board following the decision of 1997 General Conference. 

This is the first increase in fifteen years. Very few things have 
remained at the same price they were fifteen yeqrs ago. It does not 
make good sense to run the Lord's work at a continual loss in the 
midst of the general prosperity that God has given us. 

NOTICE 

Presiding Elders are reminded to send the Editor all changes 
that should appear in the February 1 998, issue. Please have in the 
Editor's hands by January 10, 1998. This includes any additions, 
deletions or corrections in the Ministerial and Deacons list as well 
as other standing information concerning each congregation. The 
Editor's address is 1 138 E. 12th Street, Beaumont, CA 92223. His 
telephone number is 909-845-6231 . With your help this year's is- 
sue can be error-free. 

THANKYOU 

Thank you very much for your prayers, cards, telephone calls, 
the flowers, and your love and concern. Your thoughtfulness is deeply 
appreciated. God bless you. 

Brother Jacob and Sister Fern Ness 

THANKYOU 

I want to sincerely thank each and every one of the Brethren 
and Sisters for the beautiful cards and letters, telephone calls and 
all the kindness shown me for my 95th birthday. 

May God bless each and everyone. 

In Christian love 

Sister Clara Gunderman 



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THANKS 

Thanks to all of my Brothers and Sisters in the Christian faith 
and many friends for flowers, Christmas gifts, birthday cards every 
year since I have been in a Nursing Home Care Facility. In Septem- 
ber 1 997, my family and nurse arranged for an emergency special- 
ist in Marion to take a biopsy He informed my family all tests showed 
that I had colon cancer. 

I asked Bro. Robert and Sis. Clarice Carpenter to come to the 
University Nursing Center in Upland to anoint me the night before 
my surgery. My daughter, Margaret Smith, went with me during my 
biopsy and through my surgery. After being in the intensive care 
unit I was moved back to the unit where I was before. There they 
gave me safe blood, which I needed badly. I was too sick to realize 
that Bro. Bob and Sis. Clarice, and three of my children were there 
before I went to surgery. My daughter, Ellen I. Leach, could not be 
here, but called me from Jacksonville, Florida before I went into 
surgery and said they were praying for me. The surgeon who per- 
formed the surgery had gone to Indiana University of Medicine with 
my son, Thomas. All at the hospital said it was a miracle that I 
came through it so well. Keep praying for me. 

Sister Almeda Strayer 

ADULT SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS FOR JANUARY 

1998 

January 4- God's Commission To Joshua - Joshua 1:1-9. 

1 . Name the keys to prosperity and success which God 
spoke to Joshua. 

2. How do the words of God, "Be strong and of a good cour- 
age", relate to our Christian walk in life? 

January 1 1 - Joshua's Mobilization For Crossing The Jordan- 
Josh. 1:10-18. 

1 . What were the words of the people in reply to the com- 
mands of Joshua for preparing to cross the Jordan? 

2. In our Christian experience what would compare to the 
crossing of the Jordan? 



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January 18 - Mission Of The Two Spies - Joshua 2:1-24. 

1 . How did Rahab know God had given the land to the chil- 
dren of Israel? 

2. Explain the "scarlet thread" which allows us to escape 
today. 

January 25 - Israel Crosses The Jordan - Joshua 3:1-1 7. 

1. What symbolized God's presence as Israel crossed the 
Jordan? 

2. What are the similarities and differences between the 
crossing of the Red Sea and the crossing of the Jordan? 

YOUNG PEOPLE'S SUNDAY SCHOOL LESSONS FOR 
JANUARY 1998 

January 4 - Salvation - Ps. 27:1 , 37:34-40, John 3:14-1 7, Acts 410- 
12. 

1 . Whom will the Lord deliver from the wicked and save. 

2. For what purpose did the Son of God come into the world? 
January 11 - Necessities - Matt. 5:19-20, 18:1-4, Luke 13:1-9, 

John 4:22-24, 6:47-58. 

1 . Compare the necessity of being childlike with being child- 
ish. 

2. Explain the necessity of the bread and cup we partake of 
at communion. 

January 18 -Truth - Prov. 12:13-28, 23:23, Eph. 4:20-25. 

1 . How can we tell if someone is speaking the truth? 

2. How can we "buy the truth" and make sure we do not sell 
it? 

January 25 - Contentment - Prov. 15:14-19, Luke 3:7-14, Phil 4*6- 
19. 

1. Explain the words of John the Baptist, "Be content with 
your wages." 

2. How can we, like the Apostle Paul, learn to be content in 
whatsoever state wherein we are? 



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Fred 0. Piter, Chairman 
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Robert Carpenter, Secretary 

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Henry Walker 

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Rudy Shaffer 
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Jacob C.Ness 

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Mike Wray, Secretary 
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H. Edward Johnson, Treasurer 
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Fred 0. Piter 
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Martin Marks 
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Mark Cordrey 

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James Meyers, Secretary 
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Marian Jamison, Treasurer 

Box 100 

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Mike Wray 
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Peru, IN 46970 

Larry Andrews 

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Raymore, MO 64083 

AFRICAN MISSION BOARD 

Rudy Shaffer, Chairman 
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Ray R.Reed, Secretary 

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